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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
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
Team Philippines will compete at the following events:
(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.
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
Suarez, Men's lightweight.
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
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.
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
Lacuna, Men's 400 m freestyle;
Jasmine Alkhaldi, Women's 100 m freestyle.
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.
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.
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.