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All Filipino Olympians Who Didn't Win a Medal Are Taking Home P500,000 Each, Because They Deserve It

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So far, four out of the 19 athletes in the Philippine delegation have secured medals for the country, but congressman Bambol Tolentino hasn’t forgotten about the other athletes who still gave a good fight. The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president announced that all non-medalists at the Tokyo Olympics will be taking home P500,000 each, to be given by the POC and the MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF).

“Everyone on Team Philippines in these ‘Golden Olympics’ deserve all the praises, and in this case, incentives, they need,” Tolentino said, according to Spin.ph. “Qualifying for the Olympics is already that difficult, what more competing in the Games themselves."

This means no Filipino Olympian will be going home empty-handed as they all contributed in making the 2020 Tokyo Olympics the Philippines’ best campaign in history.

The athletes that will receive P500,000 each from POC and MVPSF are gymnast Carlos Yulo, pole vaulter EJ Obiena, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, rower Cris Nievarez, sprinter Kristine Knott, golfer Juvic Pagunsan, boxer Irish Magno, weightlifter Elreen Ando, taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa, shooting’s Jayson Valdez, judo’s Kiyomi Watanabe, and swimmers Remedy Rule and Luke Gebbie.

Yuka Saso and Bianca Pagdanganan are still competing in the women’s golf event, which will conclude on August 7, one day before the end of the Olympics.

With four medals already in the bag, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is our biggest medal haul ever. Hidilyn Diaz made history with the country’s first-ever gold, Nesthy became the first female boxer to bag a silver, and boxers Eumir Marcial and Carlo Paalam will battle it out for bronze or gold in the semifinals later today. The only other time the Philippines achieved a multi-medal finish was during the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932.

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Even those without medals made sure to leave their footprints with records of their own. Pole vaulter EJ Obiena was the only Asian to make it to the finals and went further in pole vault than any Filipino before him. Gymnast Carlo Yulo placed fourth in men’s pole vault, the highest ranking of any Filipino gymnast in history. Let’s not forget Margielyn’s Didal’s infectious positivity that got plenty of international press and deserves a medal of its own.

Many of the athletes that didn’t land in the top three already have plans for Paris 2024, so don’t write them out just yet. They’re just getting started.

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