Know who are the Pinoy super athletes who made it to the 2016 Olympic Games being held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
1. Jasmine Alkhaldi – Swimming
Jasmine Alkhaldi is a Filipino swimmer who represented the Philippines in the 2012 Summer Olympics. She holds the Philippine women’s record in the 200, 100, 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly and 50-meter butterfly events.
2. Jessie Lacuna – Swimming
Jessie Khing Lacuna is a Filipino swimmer who competes in the freestyle and butterfly events. He has, overall, won 26 Gold medals in Philippine Olympic Games and 7 in SEA Age Group Swimming Championship, he represented the country the Philippines in Southeast Asian Games and Asian Games.
3. Hidilyn Diaz – Weightlifting
Diaz was selected as a wild card entry to the Summer Olympics by the Philippine Weightlifting Association in early 2008.
During the 2012 London Olympics Diaz was chosen to be the flag-bearer during the Opening Ceremony.
On March 2016, Diaz dominated the women’s 58kg event of the 2015-16 Philippine National Games National Finals held at Lingayen Town Plaza, Lingayen, Pangasinan, with a 92 kg snatch and 120 kg clean and jerk (new personal best) combined into 212 kg.
Hidilyn is the first Filipino to win an Olympic medal in 20 years. She won the silver medal in the 58 kilo class in weightlifting.
4. Charly Suarez – Boxing
Charly Suarez is a Filipino amateur boxer. He first made his debut as an international amateur boxer in 2006, representing the Philippines. He qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics after beating Jun Shan of China via technical knockout in the men’s lightweight semifinals of the 2016 Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament, held on March 31, 2016.
5. Eric Cray – Track and field
Eric Shauwn Brazas Cray is a Filipino American track and field athlete who competes in sprinting and hurdling events. He represented his country at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics, competing in the hurdles.
6. Ian Lariba – Table Tennis
Lariba has represented the Philippines in international table tennis competitions. She led the Philippine team to accomplish a first-place finish at Division 4 of the 2014 World Table Tennis Team Championships in Tokyo, Japan with Jamaica Sy.
7. Kirstie Alora – Taekwondo Jin
Kirstie Elaine Alora is a Filipina, taekwondo practitioner. She will be representing the Philippines at the 2016 Summer Olympics after winning the silver medal at the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
8. Kodo Nakano – Judo
Kodo Nakano is a Filipino judoka who is participating in the 81 kg event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.He has also competed at the 2013 World Judo Championship in Rio de Janeiro and the 2013 Southeast Asian Games. Nakano won bronze at the -81 kg event at the Southeast Asia Judo Championships in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. Nakano was born to a Japanese business person from Tokyo who has a Filipina as a wife.
9. Marestella Torres – Long Jump
On July 2016, Torres achieved the Olympic qualifying standard in the Women’s Long Jump in the Kazakhstan Open and setting a new national record of 6.72 meters, thus making it into the Rio Olympics. This would be the third straight and the final Olympic appearance for the Filipina long jumper, who is the most senior member of the national contingent.
10. Mary Joy Tabal – Women’s Marathon
Mary Joy Tabal, a veteran of local and international marathons, has won a silver medal in the women’s marathon competition in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore and won the women’s division title in the National Milo Marathon Finals for three straight years, 2013, 2014 and 2015. She was recognized as the 2016 Athlete of the Year by the Sportswriters Association of Cebu. Tabal and fellow marathon runner Rafael Poliquit, Jr. represented the Philippines in the 2016 Boston Marathon on April 2016, She finished 20th overall in the race.
She got her Olympic qualifier at the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon in Canada clocking at 2 hours 43 minutes and 31 seconds
11. Miguel Luis Tabuena – Golf
In 2016, Tabuena was recognized as the Sportsman of the Year of the Philippine Sportswriters Association, sharing the award with Filipino boxing champions Donnie Nietes and Nonito Donaire.
12. Nestor Colonia – Weightlifting
Nestor Colonia (born February 16, 1992) is a flyweight weightlifter from the Philippines. He won the 2015 Asian Championships and placed third in the clean and jerk at the 2015 World and 2016 Asian Championships.
13. Rogen Ladon – Boxing
London has won medals in international tournaments such as the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships and Southeast Asian Games as well as in smaller tournaments such as the 2012 Taipei City Cup and 2011 Hong Kong International Tournament.
Editor’s note: Information culled from Wikipedia.