Asian Games: Tabuena earns Silver in Men’s Golf

21 11 2010
(4/365) :: Golf Thursdays

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16 year old Miguel Luis Tabuena emerged as one of the youngest Filipino Asian games heroes by capturing the silver medal in the men’s golf competitions.  He closed out the tournament with an even 72 and ended up just behind Korean Whee Meen Kim who won the competition by a whopping 11 shots.  The Koreans swept all the gold medals in golf in the 2010 Asian Games.  Men’s team ended in a disappointing 5th place after contending most of the week.

The Philippines added 3 more bronze medals from taekwondo.  Paul Romero, John Paul Lizardo, and Kirstie Elaine Alora all lost in their semi-final matches ending their gold medal hopes.  With the medals of the 4, PH has now a tally of 2-2-8 (Gold silver BronzE)

caloycomment: It was a marvelous performance by the young parbuster.  I foresee another future Filipino golfing star that will do well in the Asian Tour.  The golfing competition though was a testament to Korea’s reputation as the hotbed of golf stars in Asia.  The Koreans simply overwhelmed the competitions, it was never even close. As for the takewondo jins, it was great to see them earning medals.  Although the Philippine Sports Commission would have wanted to see more.  I think taekwondo is one of the sports we can actually somehow win an Olympic medal. This sport should be actively introduced and developed in the grassroots level.

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

15 11 2010
XVI Asian Games

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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
2010 Asian Games

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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)



3 PBA Stars will reinforce PH Asiad Basketball Squad

9 11 2010
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The Smart-Gilas Philippine National Teams heads to China to acclimatize and prepare for the Guangzhou Asian Games. In tow for the Rajko Toroman– coached squad are three PBA stars. Kelly William of Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters, Asi Taulava of PoweradeTigers, and Solomon Mercado of Rain or Shine will don the national colors to reinforce a well-trained team of young basketball stars. This is the current roster:

F 7 Philippines Ababou, Dylan 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) UST*
F 8 Philippines Aguilar, Japeth 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Western Kentucky*
F/C 12 Philippines Ballesteros, Jason 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 192 lb (87 kg) San Sebastian*
F 10 Philippines Baracael, Mac 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 184 lb (83 kg) FEU*
G 4 Philippines Barroca, Andy (C) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 174 lb (79 kg) FEU*
G 6 Philippines Casio, J.V. 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) De La Salle*
C 21 United States Douthit, Marcus 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 233 lb (106 kg) Providence*
G 16 United States Lassiter, Marcio 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Cal State Fullerton*
G 13 United States Lutz, Chris 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Marshall*
G Philippines Mercado, Solomon 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Biola*
F 5 Philippines Ramos, Aldrech 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) FEU*
C 9 United States Slaughter, Greg 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) UV*
C United States Taulava, Asi 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 275 lb (125 kg) BYU-Hawaii*
G 17 Philippines Tiu, Chris (C) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Ateneo*
F United States Williams, Kelly 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oakland*

Marcus Douthit who was recently given Filipino citizenship by the Philippine Senate will not be able to join the team for the Asiad but he will reinforce the young core in the future tournaments and its quest to capture an olympic berth for the country.

caloycomment: I am hoping for them to reach the medal round.  They have a strong line-up but the Asian powerhouses like Iran and host China will be sending really formidable teams. A bronze medal would be a great achievement.