Netizens tweet in support of Filipino boxer Mark Barriga

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Barriga went on to dominate Cappai, 17-7

MANILA, Philippines – The Twitterverse on Tuesday, July 31, became a medium to express support for Filipino boxer Mark Barriga as he began his campaign for Gold at the London 2012 Olympics.

Minutes after his fight against Italian Manuel Cappai started, “Mark Barriga” was a trending topic locally. Barriga went on to dominate Cappai, 17-7 to secure his Round of 32 win. Post fight, the phrase “Congrats Mark Barriga” was top 5th trending topic worldwide.

Barriga advances to the Round of 16 on Friday, August 4 where he goes up against Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakstan. Barriga needs to win two more matches to be assured of a Bronze medal.  

Here’s how Filipinos online are reacting:

Mark Barriga trends locally, worldwide

Storified by Rappler · Tue, Jul 31 2012 06:23:18

Mark Barriga wins, advances to the next round of 16! Go #TeamPhilippines! via @natashya_gRappler
Barriga defeats Cappia 17-7 in an impressive show of domination and speed. #London2012 (via @natashya_g)Rappler
Rappler Natashya Gutierrez also live-tweeted updates on Barriga’s fight. 
When Barriga fights, the bout will have 3 rounds of 3 minutes each. If he loses this fight, he is out. #TeamPhilippines #London2012Natashya Gutierrez
Barriga is 19yrs old. He is only 5 feet tall. He is now in the ring for his first light flyweight bout. #TeamPhilippinesNatashya Gutierrez
Great round for Barriga! Opponent Cappai’s knee hit canvas on the first round, later got a count from the judge. 2 more rounds #London2012Natashya Gutierrez
Judges give Barriga 5, Cappai 2 points for the 1st round. #London2012Natashya Gutierrez
Barriga doing well! Round 2: Barriga leads Italy’s Cappia, 9-4. One more round to go. #London2012Natashya Gutierrez
Mark Barriga wins, advances to the next round of 16! Go #TeamPhilippines!Natashya Gutierrez
Barriga defeats Cappia 17-7 in an impressive show of domination and speed. @rapplerdotcom #London2012Natashya Gutierrez
Even before his bout ended, “Mark Barriga” was already a trending topic in the Philippines. 
Mark Barriga already a local trending topic. #TeamPhilippines #London2012 http://pic.twitter.com/pkOaSawoBea Cupin
A mere seconds after his win, Barriga trended worldwide. Here’s what people are saying on Twitter: 
Congratulations to Mark Barriga! #LondonOlympics2012Jose P. Rizal †
Congrats Mark Anthony Barriga! Onto the next one. #PinoyPrideGabe Norwood
RT @parengjoserizal: Congrats Mark Barriga! http://pic.twitter.com/wcI9w4J4rose angela dizon
Ang pinaka unang good news na pumasok na galing sa #LondonOlympics, congrats Mark Barriga.. 17-7 amateur boxing.Aeron Taguinod
MARK BARRIGA great performance!!! Congrats and GOD bless you on ur succeeding games!Emmanuel V. Gatip
Congrats Mark Barriga for winning ur first match!! We ate so proud of you! GO FOR GOLD!japoy lizardo
Congrats Mark Barriga, 5’6 kalaban mo natalo mo? IKAW NA BARRIGA!Joanne Camille Arada
Mark Barriga astig ha ang liit pero nanalo 🙂 CONGRATS…. 🙂 #London2012Eduard Zafra
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