[PODCAST] Targeting Tokyo: Meet the Philippine Olympians

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The Philippines will open its Tokyo Olympics campaign with 19 athletes – a delegation tipped to have the strongest chances of winning a historic Olympic gold as it's led by world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo, 2016 Rio Games silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, and 2021 US Women's Open champion Yuka Saso.

Also considered among the best in the world are pole vaulter EJ Obiena, boxers Eumir Marcial, Nesthy Petecio, who is also a world champion, Irish Magno and Carlo Paalam, and skateboarder Margielyn Didal.

There's also no counting out others who can pull off a surprise, like golfers Bianca Pagdanganan and veteran Juvic Pagunsan, shooter Jayson Valdez, rower Cris Nieverez, taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa, sprinter Kristina Knott, tankers Remedy Rule and Luke Gebbie, and young weightlifter Elreen Ando.

Four-time Southeast Asian Games judo gold medalist Kiyomi Watanabe round out the 19 as she will carry the Philippine flag alongside Marcial in the opening ceremony on Friday, July 23.

In this episode, get to know more about each Filipino Olympian who is eager to claim glory in Tokyo. – Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.