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The Philippines at the 19th Asiad: highs and lows

With the close of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, on Oct. 8, the Philippines can take solace in the fact that with four gold medals, it has at least matched its harvest in the 2018 edition of the quadrennial tournament held in Jakarta, Indonesia. With 4 gold, 2 silver, and 12 bronze medals,...


Filipino athletes at Asiad eye golds, ticket to 2024 Paris Olympics

The biggest Asian Games (Asiad) in history opens on Sept. 23 in Hangzhou, China, with over 12,000 athletes participating, or more than the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ 11,420. For the 395 Filipino athletes competing in 37 sports from Sept. 23 to Oct. 8, the 19th edition of the quadrennial event—which was delayed a year due to...


19 golds so far, but it’s a rough road ahead for Philippines at SEA Games

Win some, lose some. The Philippines sits in fourth place in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games’ (SEA Games) medal tally, with 19 gold, 28 silver, and 31 bronze medals as of the evening of May 8, and that ranking will expectedly be challenged by several factors in the remaining nine days. As host country, Cambodia had...


Obiena heads back to training with sights set on 6-meter mark

Ernest John “EJ” Obiena was on easy street on home grounds. In the three weeks that he was in the Philippines for much-needed R&R, the world’s No. 3 pole vaulter was peppered with profit-making deals that made him ambassador of top consumer brands. Of course, there were also the mandatory courtesy calls to various sports...