Asia At The Olympics: Philippines Scores Its Best Medal Haul In Its History

What a way to start this series talking about the awesome things Asians from Asia have achieved in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics! This first piece will focus on the Philippines, and what an Olympics it has been for them.

Four time Olympian, Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the first ever Olympic gold medal for the Philippines. (via Nextshark)

At a post match interview (via CBS News) she spoke about her victory:

“I am 30 years old and I thought it would be like going down, my performance, but I was shocked I was able to do it,”


Nesthy Petecio wins silver in the Gold Medal match for the women’s featherweight boxing against Japanese opponent Sena Irie. Irie won the gold for Japan after outpointing Petecio (5-0) .

At a post match interview , Petecio spoke about her victory (via Inquirer):

“It means a lot to me because I dedicate this fight for my family, country and my best friend who died. I dedicate this medal to my coaches, esp Nolito Velasco. He sacrificed a lot for this competition. This is an important tournament, not for me but my country and coaches.”


Finally, boxer Carlo Palaam is guaranteed a medal after ousting Olympic and world champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan in the men’s flyweight quarterfinal (via CNN). What colour that is, well we will keep an eye out for it, but what an Olympics it has been for the Philippines!


Images via Olympics site, and Twitter

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