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Boracay closure affected Christian Tio's Youth Olympics training

Oct 22, 2018 - 5:47 PM

The country's lone medalist in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games says the closure of Boracay prevented him from training in the island

BANNED. Water sports continue to be banned as Boracay Island opens on October 26. Photo courtesy of International Olympic Committe

The week in photos: October 13-19, 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SCULPTURE. A child plays in front of a sculpture titled Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks, part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibiton in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Despite no medals on last day, PH satisfied with Youth Games campaign

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:39 PM

Kiteboarder Christian Tio is the lone medalist from the Philippines in the Junior Olympics

ONE SILVER. Members of the Philippine YOG team (from l-r) Golfer Yuka Saso, chef de mission Jonne Go, PSC executive director Merly Ibay, Philippine ambassador to Argentina Linglingay Lacanlale, archer Nicole Tagle and Jann Mari Nayre of table tennis. Standing behind them are golfer Carl Janno Corpus, kiteboarder Christian Tio and fencer Lawrence Tan. Photo from PSC-POC Media Group

Christian Tio bags PH's 1st 2018 Youth Olympic Games medal

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:33 PM

Kiteboarder Christian Tio rides to a silver medal finish in the junior Olympics

PODIUM FINISH. Christian Tio impresses as the Philippines crashes into the medal board of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Photo from Christian Tio's Facebook

Youth Olympics: Pinay archer reaches quarterfinals

Oct 14, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Philippine bet Nicole Tagle and partner Hendrik Oun of Estonia advance to the archery quarterfinals of the mixed international team event

PH swimmer Nicole Oliva bows out of Youth Olympics

Oct 13, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The 16-year-old fails to secure a medal but her sixth-place finish gives the Philippine swimming team hope for the future

Youth Olympics: Yuka Saso blows medal chance

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:19 PM

The 17-year-old Filipino-Japanese had an opportunity to cop a bronze medal for the Philippines in women’s individual golf

MISSED OPPORTUNITY.  Yuka Saso fails to replicate her Asiad winning run. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Youth Olympics: Yuka Saso falters but still in medal hunt

Oct 11, 2018 - 3:56 PM

The Asian Games champion compiled 145 over two days, 5 strokes off the women's golf tournament leaders

BOUNCE BACK. Yuka Saso looks to rebound after a tough Day 2 in women's golf action. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Jann Mari Nayre falls out of Youth Olympic Games medal contention

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The Filipino ace bows to the world's best junior table netter Kanak Jha

MEDALLESS. Jann Mari Nayre fails to advance to the round of 16, ending his 2018 Youth Olympic Games campaign. Photo by Ting Ledesma/PTTF

Yuka Saso banners PH bets in 2018 Youth Olympic Games

Sep 28, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Seven Filipino athletes will see action in the junior Olympics this October in Buenos Aires, Argentina

CHALLENGE. Asian Games gold medalist Yuka Saso will be competing in the world stage this time around. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Jann Mari Nayre makes history as PH table tennis’ first Youth Olympian

Jun 10, 2018 - 11:18 PM

The rising star nabs a slot in the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games

LAST GASP. Jann Mari Nayre makes the most out of last chance of qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games. Photo by Ting Ledesma/PTTF

PH gymnasts seek Youth Olympic Games berth in home competition

May 15, 2018 - 8:21 PM

Philippines hosts Asia's qualifying tournament for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games for the first time

YOUTH OLYMPIC QUALIFIER. Colombian Katish Hernandez performs in the artistic gymnastics women's trampoline competition, during the XVIII Bolivarian Games 2017. File photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

2 Filipino boxers qualify in World Youth Championships

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Brothers Criz Russu and Christian Pitt Laurente secure berths after advancing to the Asian Youth Championships semi-finals

YOUNG STANDOUT. Light flyweight Criz Russu Laurente outclasses Indian Shagolshem Barun Singh. Contributed photo

Kim says N. Korea to take part in 2020, 2022 Olympics

Mar 31, 2018 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) IOC chief Thomas Bach announces the news after landing in Beijing following Friday's 'fruitful' talks with Kim Jong-Un

PYONGYANG VISIT. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) meeting with President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

The world of online games arrives in China for WESG Grand Final

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Victory at the $5.5-million World Electronic Sports Games Grand Final will also ensure immortality in the eyes of the millions of eSport fans

LEVEL UP. In this file photo, gamers take part in the European finals of the 2017 World Electronic Sports Games in Barcelona on November 23, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

The week in photos: February 3-9, 2018

Feb 10, 2018 - 1:44 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Russian conceptual artist Andrey Kuzkin performs naked and headlong near the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, northern Germany, on February 8, 2018.The performance was part of the series "The Phenomenon of Nature or 99 Landscapes with Trees". / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Daniel Reinhardt / Germany OUT

Kim Yo Jong: North Korea's political princess

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Kim Yo Jong made history as the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War

POWER. Kim Yo Jong (right), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sibling, talks with South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (not pictured) upon her arrival at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on February 9, 2018, to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Dong-A Ilbo / AFP

Pyongyang urges UN to welcome inter-Korean thaw

Feb 02, 2018 - 12:41 PM

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho says his country will not 'sit idle' as the United States engages in a 'sinister act of throwing a wet blanket over our efforts'

FLYING SOUTH. A North Korean national flag (top center L) and other nations' flags flutter over the Athletes Village in Gangneung on February 1, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. File photo by Yonhap/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz, other ASEAN Olympic medalists get free AirAsia flights

Aug 24, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The 18 Olympic medalists from Southeast Asian countries will get free flights from AirAsia either for life gold for the next 5 years silver or for 3 years bronze

Philippine silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz shows her medal during a press conference as she arrives at the Manila International Airport in Manila on August 11, 2016.  Diaz is the country's first Olympic winner in 20 years. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo for 2020 Games

Aug 24, 2016 - 12:25 PM

After stepping off a plane from the Brazilian host city Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike carries the flag at a ceremony at the city s Haneda airport

ARRIVAL. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (R) waves the Olympic flag beside Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Kakeda (L) as she gets out of a plane upon its arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo as Japan's capital gears up to host the 2020 Games. TORU YAMANAKA / AFP

#Rio2016 on social media: Top Olympic moments on Facebook

Aug 23, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Here s a look back on the memorable moments that made Rio2016 one of the most social and interactive sporting events to date

Ethiopia pledges safe return for protest runner

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms as he finished the marathon in protest against the Ethiopian government s crackdown on political dissent

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia reacts while crossing the finish line to take the second place in the men's Marathon race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 August 2016. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

PH looks to improve at Tokyo 2020 as Rio Games close

Aug 22, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Chef de mission Jose Romasanta gives an assessment of the Philippines Olympic participation calling it a good run

END OF THE JOURNEY. Kirstie Alora (L) is the last Filipino Olympian to leave Rio. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

The Olympics are over for Brazil – was it worth it?

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:09 PM

How did Rio de Janeiro and the country as a whole come out in the end?

A general view shows the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Olympics: Athletics nervously enters post-Bolt world

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:59 PM

Usain Bolt has consistently been a beacon for clean athletes amid doping and corruption scandals

LIFE AFTER BOLT. Usain Bolt of Jamaica kisses the finish line after winning the men's 4x100m relay final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/LUKAS COCH

Veterans rule in USA's run to Olympic basketball gold

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Carmelo Anthony 32 brings the experience and Kevin Durant 27 the scoring as the USA capped its 2016 Olympic run by mauling Serbia

SENIORS TAKE CHARGE. Carmelo Anthony of USA takes charge during the men's basketball gold medal game of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/SAM MOOY

Boxing on brink after Rio Olympics judging controversies

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The Games would not be complete without boxing controversy of one kind or another

CONTROVERSY. Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia (red) is declared winner against Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan during the men's heavyweight 91kg final bout of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The result sparked controversy as the Russian is booed by the crowd. EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Groundbreaking Olympics for women in Rio

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:24 PM

Of the 11 444 athletes in Rio 45 – 5 175 – were women slightly higher than in London 2012

Simone Biles of the USA reacts after performing during the women's floor exercise final for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Artistic Gymnastics events. EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH

Let's make Tokyo best Olympics ever, says PM Abe

Aug 22, 2016 - 12:02 PM

The Japanese Prime Minister meets with the country s Olympic medalists and urges them to make Tokyo 2020 the best ever Olympics

ON TO TOKYO. The flag of Japan is displayed after the flag handover during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Live: Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:22 AM

Tune in to Rappler Sports for live updates on the 2016 Rio Olympics Includes schedule of the Philippine athletes medal tally and breaking news

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Aug 17, 2016 - 1:04 PM

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Olympic road ends for Eric Cray in 400m hurdles semis

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:47 AM

Cray fails to qualify for the final after coming up 7th in the first semifinal heat with a time of 49 37 seconds

END OF THE ROAD. Eric Cray's Rio Olympics road ends as he fails to qualify into the men's 400m hurdles final. Jewel SAMAD / AFP

PH Olympic bet Eric Cray advances to 400m hurdles semifinals

Aug 15, 2016 - 11:02 PM

The 27 year old finishes third in heat 4 of round 1 of competition with a time of 49 05 seconds

SEMIS-BOUND. Eric Cray moves on to the semifinals of the men's 400m hurdles. File photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

PH's Mary Joy Tabal finishes Olympic women's marathon in 124th place

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:37 PM

The Cebu native is unable to meet her target finishing time in her first Olympic women s marathon

124TH PLACE. Mary Joy Tabal finishes the Rio Olympics women's marathon in 124th place. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Kenya's Sumgong wins Rio Olympics women's marathon

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:18 PM

Jemima Sumgong times 2 hours 24 minutes and 4 seconds for Kenya s first ever women s marathon gold over the 42km course

Jemima Jelagat Sumgong of Kenya wins the women's Marathon race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 August 2016. EPA/BERND THISSEN

Mayweather turns up at Rio Olympics boxing – only to watch

Aug 14, 2016 - 1:10 PM

The former world champion makes a surprise appearance in Rio de Janeiro in the afternoon boxing session a pair of headphones planted in his ears

RIO SPECTATOR. Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (R) attends a boxing match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. YURI CORTEZ / AFP

Tearful Monica Puig wins Puerto Rico's first ever Olympic gold

Aug 14, 2016 - 12:37 PM

Before the tennis player s golden breakthrough Puerto Rico had won just 8 Olympic medals two silver and 6 bronze Six of that total had come in boxing

FIRST GOLD. Monica Puig of Puerto Rico celebrates defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany during the women's tennis singles gold medal match of the Rio 2016 Olympics. EPA/BERND THISSEN

Olympics: Neymar takes Brazil closer to Germany World Cup rematch

Aug 14, 2016 - 12:22 PM

Brazil sets up a semifinal meeting with Honduras and is on course for a mouthwatering World Cup rematch with Germany in the final

SEMIFINAL-BOUND. Neymar of Brazil celebrates after scoring against Colombia during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's football quarterfinal match. Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP

Argentina wins Brazil clash in double OT, Spain stays alive

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:51 AM

Decades of football rivalry spice any Argentine Brazil matchup but no incidents are reported

VICTORIOUS. Argentina's Luis Scola, Manu Ginobili, Facundo Campazzo and Marcos Delia celebrate after defeating Brazil during a men's basketball Group B match. Mark RALSTON / AFP

Olympics: Bronze for hijab-wearing US fencer Muhammad

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:39 AM

The 30 year old from New Jersey the first US Olympian to wear a hijab during competition comes away with a bronze medal in the women s team sabre event

BRONZE. US Ibtihaj Muhammad reacts during the women’s team sabre bronze medal bout between US and Italy as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 13, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

PH long jumper Torres-Sunang takes cue from silver medalist Diaz

Aug 10, 2016 - 1:37 PM

Marestella Torres Sunang like Hidilyn Diaz is in her third Olympics She s hoping the third time is the charm for her as well

LONGEST JUMP. Marestella Torres-Sunang is now a 3-time Olympian with hopes of finally making her mark on the world stage. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

French swimmer slams China's champion Sun over doping scandal

Aug 09, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Camille Lacourt who came fifth in the 100m backstroke final just after Sun Yang s triumph says swimming was becoming like athletics with two or 3 doped in each final

Camille Lacourt of France reacts after competing in the men's 100m backstroke heats of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Swimming events. EPA/ESTEBAN BIBA

Michael Phelps says dopers shouldn't be allowed to compete

Aug 09, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Phelps says it breaks my heart after controversy over athletes who have previously failed drugs tests broke out at the Rio swimming competition

NO TO DOPERS. Michael Phelps speaks out about not letting drug cheats back into swimming. EPA/PATRICK B. KRAEMER

NBA star Paul George will visit French gymnast with broken leg

Aug 09, 2016 - 1:47 PM

After going through a similar broken leg injury in 2014 George wants to pass along the lessons he learned from his experience to the gymnast

TOUGH BREAK. Samir Ait Said says he will try to return to the Olympics in 2020 after his 2016 campaign ended on an unexpected note. Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Meet Alfonsito Aldanete, the weightlifting coach who helped Diaz win silver

Aug 09, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Alfonsito Aldanete the Philippine team s Olympic weightlifting coach once aspired to be a boxer Now he s molding the next generation of PH lifters

epa05462666 Hidilyn Diaz (R) of the Philippines celebrates with her coach after winning the silver medal in the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

After Rio loss, PH weightlifter Colonia looks ahead to Tokyo 2020

Aug 09, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The first time Olympian is already setting his sights on the next Olympics 4 years from now in Tokyo

Nestor Colonia of the Philippines competes during the men's 56kg category competition of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

PH weightlifter Nestor Colonia shuts down basher on Facebook

Aug 08, 2016 - 11:32 PM

Filipino Olympian Nestor Colonia slays in the comments section in response to criticism

Nestor Colonia of the Philippines competes during the men's 56kg category competition of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz eats pizza after winning Olympic silver

Aug 08, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Diaz indulges herself in pizza and adobo after her Olympic success

epa05462707 Hsu Shu-ching (C) of Taiwan poses with her gold medal on the podium after winning the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. Hsu Shu-ching won ahead of second placed Hidilyn Diaz (L) of the Philippines and third placed Yoon Jin-hee (R) of South Korea. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

PH weightlifter Nestor Colonia falls short of Olympic medal

Aug 08, 2016 - 7:39 AM

Colonia does not register a successful lift in the clean and jerk as he drops out of competition

Netizens congratulate silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz for ending Olympic drought

Aug 08, 2016 - 6:19 AM

Twitter users celebrate Philippines first Olympic medal in 20 years