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Monday, July 30, 2012

Philippines in Olympics Trivia

As of today, 11 Philippines athletes are competing in the 2012 London Olympics. lets keep are hopes high as they represent our beloved Nation to vie for the elusive Olympics Gold Medal.

Here are some Trivia about the Philippines participation in the Olympics

The Philippines first sent athletes to compete at the Olympic Games in 1924.

David Nepomuceno was the first man to represent the Philippines in the Olympic Games. He ran the men's 100m at the 1924 Games in Paris.

Swimmer Teofilio YLDEFONSO won the  first Olympic medal for the philippines. making it the first Country to compete and win a medal in Southeast Asia. He competed in three Olympic Games.  He took bronze in the men's 100m Breaststroke at the Amsterdam 1928 Olympic Games and added a bronze in the same event in 1932. 

Simeon TORIBIO took bronze in the men's High Jump in 1932.

Miguel WHITE took bronze in the men's 400m Hurdles in 1936. He also competed in the 110m Hurdles.

. Boxer Jose Luis VILLANUEVA earned a bronze in the Bantamweight division in 1932 at the Los Angeles Games and his son Anthony took silver in the men's Featherweight at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games.

In boxing, Leopoldo SERRANTES grabbed Light Flyweight bronze medal in 1988 and Roel VELASCO also took bronze at the same weight in 1992. 

Roel Velasco younger brother Mansueto 'Onyok' Velasco claimed a silver medal at Light Flyweight in 1996 Atlanta Olympics.  Onyok lost a controversial decision to Bulgarian Daniel Bojilov in the light-flyweight finals.

The nation has competed at every Summer Olympic Games since 1924, except when they participated in the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics.

Filipino athletes have won a total of nine Olympic medals, with boxing as the top medal-producing sport.

With Mongolia winning its first gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Philippines now holds the record for the most medals without a gold.

Boxing 8th Division Champion Manny Pacquiao carried the Philippines at the parade of 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

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