Team Philippines: One athlete left in Olympics

BMX biker Daniel Caluag is the sole athlete left for Team Philippines after athletics representatives Marestella Torres, Rene Herrera bow out

MANILA, Philippines – After the Philippines’ two athletics representatives were eliminated after the first round of competition, one athlete is left carrying the country’s flag.

Long jumper Marestella Torres is out of the Olympics after a dismal performance that saw her jump significantly less than her personal best on Tuesday, August 7 (Wednesday, Manila time).

Torres registered a disappointing 6.22 meters, a far cry from her personal best of 6.71 that would’ve seen her finish in the top 4 and advance to the finals.

Runner Rene Herrera for his part was able to set a pesonal best time in the men’s 5000m, clocking in at 14:44.11.

Despite his time, Herrera finished last in the qualification round at the 42nd spot — almost 10 seconds slower than Cape Verde’s Ruben Sanca who ended 41st — finishing his Olympic bid.

The country’s final athlete, BMX biker Daniel Caluag, raced Wednesday, August 8 in the seeding run for the men’s BMX Cycling event, where he also ended last at 31st place with his 40.900 finish.

He will compete in the 3rd heat of the quarterfinals on Thursday, August 9 at 10pm Manila time. Of the 4 heats, only the best two bikers per heat advance to the semi-finals.

A Filipino-American from Chino, California, Caluag is the sole Asian competing in the BMX event. Though he actually hoped to qualify for the U.S. team, Caluag decided to compete for the Philippines after learning that he was unable to make the cut. –

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