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2016, August 9.  Team Philippines  Rio Summer Olympics

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Team Philippines at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

The Philippines is scheduled to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Since the nation's official debut in 1924, Filipino athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games. The Philippines did not attend the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of its partial support to the US-led boycott.

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) 1st Vice President and Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta, was named as the Philippine delegation's chef de mission for the Olympics.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez, POC President Peping Cojuangco, Romasanta, and other sports officials, led a send-off ceremony for the athletes that will compete in the Rio Olympics.  The ceremony was held at the Malacañang Palace on 18 July 2016. Six athletes from weightlifting, taekwondo, table tennis, golf, swimming and athletics attended, while the rest were absent from the send-off because they were outside the country preparing for the Games.

The 16-man Philippine delegation, which composed of six athletes, coaches and officials led by Romasanta and POC 2nd Vice President Jeff Tamayo flew to Rio de Janeiro on 23 July 2016.  The Philippine flag was hoisted in the Athletes Village on 3 August 2016, signifying the entry of the Philippine contingent in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Team Philippines will compete at the following events:

 Athletics (track and field).  Filipino athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):  Eric Shauwn Cray, Men's 400 m hurdles;  Mary Joy Tabal, Women's marathon;  Marestella Torres, Women's long jump.

Boxing.  The Philippines has entered two boxers to compete in each of the following weight classes into the Olympic boxing tournament:  Rogen Ladon, Men's light flyweight;  Charly Suarez, Men's lightweight.

Golf.  The Philippines has entered two golfers into the Olympic tournament. Miguel Tabuena (world no. 140) qualified directly among the top 60 eligible players for the men's event based on the Internaitonal Golf Federaiton World Rankings;  Angelo Que, ranked 55, and Dottie Ardina also qualified for the Olympics but chose not to participate citing the Zika virus concerns.

Judo.  The Philippines has received a spare berth to send a judoka to compete in the men's half-middleweight category (81 kg) to the Olympics, following the last-minute withdrawal of Iran's Alireza Khojasteh from the men's half-lightweight category (66 kg).  Competing for the Philippines is Kodo Nakano, Men's −81 kg.

Swimming.  The Philippines received a Universality invitation from Fédération internationale de notation (FINA) (English: International Swimming Federation) to send two swimmers, one male and one female, to the Olympics:  Jessie Lacuna, Men's 400 m freestyle;  Jasmine Alkhaldi, Women's 100 m freestyle.

Table Tennis.  The Philippines entered one athlete into the table tennis competition at the Games for the first time in Olympic history:   Ian Lariba, Women’s Singles.  Ian scored a second-stage draw victory to book one of the six remaining Olympic spots in the women's singles at the Asian Qualification Tournament in Hong Kong.

Taekwondo.  The Philippines entered one athlete into the taekwondo competition at the Olympics, signifying its sporting comeback after an eight-year hiatus:   2014 Asian Games bronze medalist Kirstie Alora secured a spot in the women's heavyweight category (+67 kg) by virtue of her top two finish at the 2016 Asian Qualification Tournament in Manila.

Weightlifting.  The Philippines has qualified one female weightlifter for the Rio Olympics by virtue of a top six national finish at the 2016 Asian Championships.  Meanwhile, a single men's Olympic spot was added to the Philippine weightlifting team by virtue of his top 15 individual finis  The place was awarded to 2015 World Championships fourth-placer Nestor Colonia in the men's bantamweight division (56 kg). 

Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the silver medal of the women's 53kg weightlifting category, after successfully clinching a lift of 88kg in her second attempt in snatch event (placed 6th) and 111kg and 112kg in the first and second attempts in the clean and jerk event (placed 2nd).  This was the first medal for the Philippines in the Summer Olympics after 20 years. This was also the first non-boxing medal for the nation since 1936. Diaz is also the first ever Filipina Olympian that won a medal in a regular sport in the Olympics, and the first Olympic medalist from Mindanao.





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