Carlo Paalam Wins the Philippines' Second Silver at Tokyo Olympics

The country's fourth medal at Tokyo 2020!

Carlo Paalam concludes his Olympic campaign with a silver medal after losing to Great Britain’s Galal Yafai in the men’s flyweight finals by split decision 4-1. Yafai will go home with a gold, while Paalam bags the silver.

Prior to this match, Paalam defeated Japan’s Ryomei Tanaka in the semifinals, and the Rio Olympics flyweight world champion Shakhobidin Zoiroc from Uzbekistan in the semifinals.

At only 23 years old, this is Paalam’s Olympics debut.

Paalam is one of the three Filipino boxers who all medaled in the Tokyo Olympics: Eumir Marcial bagged a bronze and Nesthy Petecio won silver. Together with the Philippines’ sole gold medalist, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, the athletes won the Philippines four Olympic medals in total, which is the country’s biggest medal haul at the Olympics.

With the silver medal in the bag, Paalam has also won over P17 million in Olympic incentives from the Philippine Sports Commission, MVP Sports Foundation, San Miguel Corp., and Representative Mikee Romero. Paalam, like many other Filipino Olympians, comes from a humble background as he used to scavenge the landfills of Cagayan de Oro in his youth.

Paalam now joins the ranks of the Philippines’ only other silver medalists in history: boxer Nesthy Petecio (2020 Tokyo Olympics), weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz (2016 Rio Olympics), Mansueto Velasco (1996 Atlanta Olympics), and Anthony Villanueva (1964 Tokyo Olympics).

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