[PHOTO - The Philippine Olympic Team at 2008 Beijing Olympics]

MANILA, JULY 21, 2012 (CEBLOGGER SPORTS) Ceblogger's Sports Blog - Who are the athletes from the Philippines who will compete in the London 2012 Summer Olympics?

Sadly, the Philippine contingent for this Olympiad will be the smallest delegation in the history of its participation in the Olympics since 1932 – 11 athletes in 8 sports.

You might ask if we are sending teams for basketball and football. The answer is no, because we have not qualified. We’re only sending players who have qualified and these are:

1. Mark Javier – Archery – Men’s individual
2. Rachel Cabral - Archery – Women’s individual
3. Rene Herrrera - Athletics (Men) – 3000 m steeplechase
4. Marestella Torres – Athletics (Women) – Long jump
5. Mark Barriga – Boxing – Light flyweight
6. Daniel Caluag - Cycling – Men’s BMX
7. Tomohiko Hoshina – Judo – Men’s +100 kg
8. Brian Rosario - Shooting – Skeet
9. Jessie Khing Lacuna – Swimming (Men) – 200 m freestyle
10. Jasmine Alkhaldi – Swimming (Women) – 100 m freestyle
11. Hidilyn Diaz - Weightlifting – Women’s -58 kg

The Philippines has not produced a gold medal yet though it has already collected 2 Silvers and 7 bronzes since it’s participation in 1924.

The last time the country brought home a medal was in 1996, where boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco snared a silver at the Atlanta Olympics.

Philippine Olympic Medal Hopefuls

I am not discounting the chances of the other athletes but in the country’s history, our best chance is in boxing. Philippine boxing team’s tally is 2 golds and 3 silvers.

Though their output is very pale compared to our boxing pros holding world champion belts, I still believe we can surprise the boxing world with our fists. But the question is: Why is it that we only have one who qualified?

Philippine Olympics Results Prediction

I’m counting on ether Mark Barriga, Tomohiko Hoshina and Brian Rosario to bring home at least a bronze. If anyone brings home that elusive gold medal, I’m sure he’ll receive a hero’s welcome, a dinner with the President, endorsement contracts, and lots of financial rewards. He might even get a movie contract as well.

London 2012 Olympics runs from July 27 to August 12, 2012.


Fresh from overseas training, archers Mark Javier and Rachel Anne Cabral and Fil-Japanese judoka Tomohiko Hoshina leave for London w/ Philippine team chef de mission Manny Lopez


Archers, judoka off to London Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:58 am | Thursday, July 19th, 2012 3 0 Fresh from overseas training, archers Mark Javier and Rachel Anne Cabral and Fil-Japanese judoka Tomohiko Hoshina leave tonight for Hong Kong en route to London to join eight other teammates seeing action in the Olympic Games.

Javier, Cabral and Hoshina comprised the last group of Filipino athletes to take off for the British capital, more than a week before the Olympics opens with a welcome party on July 27.

They came back the other day after wrapping up the final phase of their respective buildups in South Korea and Japan.

Philippine team chef de mission Manny Lopez, who left on Tuesday evening, will meet the trio at the Heathrow airport and accompany them to the Olympic Village, home to more than 16,000 athletes and officials from 204 nations for the next three weeks.

Long jumper Marestella Torres, long distance runner Rene Herrera, shooter Brian Rosario, boxer Mark Anthony Barriga, and swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Khing Lacuna will also check in in the 65-acre Village.

These athletes are now on the closing stage of a free three-week training camp. BMX rider Danny Caluag, presently training in the Netherlands, is expected to join his teammates early next week.

Athletes arrive in London, airport under pressure Agence France-Presse 1:59 am | Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

[PHOTO -Airport police patrol the arrival area of Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport in London Monday, July 16, 2012 as the London prepares for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Competitors are arriving in London during preparations for the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)]

LONDON—The Olympic Athletes’ Village opened its doors Monday to the first competitors as the logistical operation to handle the arrival of thousands of athletes and officials shifted into a higher gear.

London’s Heathrow Airport was expecting to handle a record number of passengers, with the Olympics arrivals swelling numbers to almost 237,000 at the west London hub, compared to 190,000 on an ordinary day.

The first priority “Games Lane” went into operation on the M4 motorway leading from Heathrow, to allow athletes and officials to be whisked to their destinations without being delayed by London traffic.

It emerged that nine police forces have had to deploy extra officers to help with security for the Games, a week after the government was forced to draft in 3,500 troops to meet a shortfall in private security guards.

At Heathrow, where passengers have complained of being stuck in passport queues for several hours in recent weeks, the addition of extra border officials appeared to have eased the process.

There were few complaints from spectators or athletes, who were greeted by more than 500 volunteers as they landed.

The Netherlands women’s beach volleyball team flew in from Amsterdam in a blaze of orange tops and said they were impressed by the setup.

One of the players, Marleen van Iersel, 24, told AFP: “From the moment we walked off the plane there were people helping us straight away. It is very well-organized.”

A large US contingent also arrived at Heathrow, including members of the sailing teams.

But experiences of the early arrivals were mixed, with two-time world 400 meters hurdles champion Kerron Clement claiming the bus ferrying him and his US teammates from Heathrow to the Athletes’ Village had taken four hours.

Clement tweeted: “Um, so we’ve been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression London.

“Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we get to the Olympic Village please.”

At the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, the village was ready and waiting to welcome its first inhabitants.

Competitors and officials will be accommodated in 2,818 apartments across 11 residential blocks, each built around a courtyard offering athletes space to relax.

Organizers could do nothing though about the grey skies and persistent drizzle in London as athletes got a first taste of their home for the next three weeks.

The Australian team have already taken over several balconies of one block, with a banner reading “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie; Oi, Oi, Oi” draped across them.

The furore over the giant private security firm G4S showed no signs of abating, despite ministers’ insistence that the Games would be secure.

G4S has insisted that the extra police drafted in should be able to withdraw in the next few days.

“This situation is being rectified over the coming days, which should lead to the withdrawal of police officers from those roles assigned to private security,” a G4S spokesman said.

In a heated parliamentary debate on the security issue, Home Secretary Theresa May said it was “untrue” that ministers knew last year that there would be a shortfall in the numbers of security personnel they had been promised.

“G4S repeatedly assured us that they would overshoot their targets,” she said.

Shares in the company, which says it is likely to lose £50 million ($78 million, 63.5 million euros) over the debacle, dived 10 percent in early trading in London before recovering slightly to close down 6.66 percent.

What is billed as the biggest anti-doping operation in Olympic history also got under way on Monday.

Half of all competitors will be tested with a team of 150 scientists taking more than 6,000 samples between now and the end of the Paralympic Games on September 9.

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