Philippines finishes Olympic run, still no medals

Natashya Gutierrez
Team Philippines is officially out of the Olympics after its final bet, BMX cyclist Daniel Caluag failed to advance

MANILA, Philippines – Team Philippines is officially out of the Olympics after its final bet, BMX cyclist Daniel Caluag failed to advance Thursday, August 9.

Caluag was eliminated from the quarterfinals of the BMX men’s event after he finished last in his heat with 29 points. Only the top four of each heat advance to the semifinals.

The Fil-Am biker was the last of the 11 athletes to compete for Team Philippines, the smallest delegation the country has sent since 1936. This is the 4th straight Olympics that the Philippines has failed to bring home a medal of any color.

Boxer Onyok Velasco was the last to win a medal for the country when he brought home the silver medal from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for men’s light flyweight boxing (Read infographic on Olympic medals won by the Philippines).

Of the 11 athletes in London, light flyweight boxer Mark Barriga went the furthest in the Philippines’ quest for an Olympic medal. Barriga made it through the first round after he convincingly defeated Italian Manuel Cappai. 

But Barriga’s dreams ended soon after when Kazakhstan’s Birzhan Zhakypov bested Barriga in the round of 16.

Barriga was the sole athlete who made it past the initial round of competition.

Swimmers Jessie Lacuña and Jasmine Alkhaldi were unable to match their personal bests in their respective events, while in skeet shooting, Brian Rosario finished 31st of 36. 

Archers Rachelle Anne Cabral and Mark Javier lost to their opponents in the first elimination round as did judoka Tomohiko Hoshina when he lost by ippon in the men + 100kg.

Runner Rene Herrera registered his personal best of 14:44.11 in the 5000m run, but still finished last overall. 

Meanwhile, two of the country’s best female athletes, long jumper Marestella Torres and weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz performed disappointingly in their second Olympic Games.

Torres underperformed in the long jump missing her personal best significantly and the chance to make the finals, while Diaz was disqualified after she was unable to complete her clean and jerk in the women’s 48-kg weightlifting event.

Click here to relive the Team Philippines‘ 2012 Olympic journey. –


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