Asian Games Football: Most Famous Miss eliminates defending champs

17 11 2010
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Many called it Qatarstrophe.  Some call it the worst miss ever.  What ever you call it, the miss by Qatari youngster Fahad Khalfan cost the Qatar a spot in the quarterfinals and a chance to defend its Asian Games football crown.  The sorry miss has been viewed at Youtube and other social networking sites by millions has brought the young Qatar forward some “fame”.  Qater lost to Uzbekistan 0-1 when the latter scored in extra time.

caloycomment: He is lucky that he is not from South America because chances are some fanatic would try to kill him when he gets home like  Andres’ Escobar of Colombia. I also hope that Qatar will not send him to a coal mine.  Losing football matches are so much of a big deal in some parts of the world. It was tough for him and hopefully he will recover.

Asian Games: PH 5 loses to Iran

17 11 2010
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The Smart Gilas Basketball Team lost to the reigning FIBA-Asia champions Iran at the start of Group F competitions of the Asian Games Basketball tournament.  The offense was not able to penetrate the vise-like defense of the Iranians.  The Philippines only managed to score 48 against the 65 of Iran.

Chris Tiu led the scoring with 14 points buoyed by his 4-5 shooting in the 3-point range. Unfortunately he also had 5 of the teams 25 turnovers. Kelly Williams had 8 points and 13 rebounds.

The Smart-Gilas will next face Qatar tonight at Huangpu Gymnasium.

Update: Philippines rip Qatar 90-68, will face Japan next

Other Notable results for the Philippine Asian Games team:

65 kg sanshou of wushu : Mark Eddiva battles China’s Junyon Zhang for a spot in the finals. Eddiva is assured of a bronze

Swimming: Men’s 4 X 100 team is in the finals after finishing with the 6th best time.

Billiards: Iris Ranola beats Haifa’a Alanser of Athletes from Kuwait (9-ball women); Rey Grandea beats Thailand’s Thongchai Punyawee (carom 3 cushions)

caloycomment: Well, I expected them to lose against Iran even without its NBA star. This team was not built to win the Asian Games.  I just hope that they can somehow find the chemistry to be competitive in this tournament.  The talent in the Asian Games is quiet high and it seems that the country has not kept up with its neighbors.  I have read comments that we should not have sent mediocre athletes because we are just wasting money.  I totally disagree. How can we gauge our talent-level if we do not expose our athletes to tough competitions? I think the government though should focus on certain sports that we have infrastructure, and body-type to win. They should not care much about popularity since it will come when the athletes start winning.

Asian Games: Biboy Rivera is the first Filipino gold medallist of the 2010 Games

15 11 2010
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After days of wait, the Philippines finally barged in gold medal tally in the 2010 Asian Games.  The gold is courtesy of bowler Engelberto “Biboy” Rivera in bowling‘s men’s singles event.  He had a total of 1414 pinfalls which was good enough to defeat Kuwaiti Mohammed Algreebah (1404) and the rest of the field of 104 bowlers. Team Philippines also bagged the bronze of the event courtesy of Frederick Ong. The 12 man PH bowling delegation expects more medals in the next few days.

Other meaningful results by the Filipino athletes:

Women’s 8 Ball: Rubilyn Amit 5 – Uyanga Battulga of Mongolia 0; Iris Ranola 5 – Zoljargal Zorigt of Mongolia 3

Chess: GM Wesley So (3.0)  GM Rogelio Antonio (2.5)

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2010 Asian Games: Dancesport gives the Philippines its first medals

15 11 2010
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The 2010 Asian Games has started and the Philippines is not having a very good start.  Many of the athletes finished in the middle of the pack and out of the medal races.  After a few days of wait, the dancesport team has finally delivered. Ronnie Vergara and Charlea Lagaras bagged 2 bronze medals in the latin cha-cha and pasa doble events in the dancesport competition. Dancesport was once again dominated by the host China that swept all the 10 medals at stake in one of the newest sports in the Asian Games.

Lagaras-Vergara Tandem of the PH Dancesport team

Other results for the PH delegation:

Basketball: Philippines 76- Kuwait 69

Tennis (Men’s Team): Chinese Taipei 2 – Philippines 0

Billiards (8-Ball): Roberto Gomez and Efren Reyes are eliminated

Shooting(Air pistol): Mark Manosca 45th Place, Alyanna Chuatoco 44th Place

Judo: Jonh Baylon (0-1) Eliminated, Karen Ann Solomon (1-2) Eliminated in the repechage.

Men’s Triathlon: Nikko Huelgas (11th), Neil Catiil (14th)