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The Philippines Now Leads Southeast Asia's Olympic Haul

It's the strongest delegation from the Philippines in history.
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For the first time in nearly 100 years, the Philippines is now among the leaders in Southeast Asia’s Olympic medal haul. As of this writing, the country has one gold, one silver, and one bronze. But with our fourth medal assured, Carlo Paalam's silver, this is now the biggest medal haul in Philippine history.

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz bagged the country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal, while boxer Nesthy Petecio won a silver medal in her semifinal match. Meanwhile, middleweight boxer Eumir Marcial has just won a bronze medal today. 

The country's second silver has been secured after Paalam beat Japan’s Ryomei Tanaka. Paalam also has a shot at a second gold medal for the Philippines if he wins in the men’s flyweight finals. 

Photo by Echo Antonio.

The Olympics ranks countries based on the number of golds and then silvers. It does not rank countries based on the total medal count. With one gold and two silvers in the bag, the Philippines is now the leading Southeast Asian country at the Tokyo Olympics. 

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The Philippines is currently tied for 46th place (with Belgium, Ethiopia, and Uganda) in the medal haul, but this is only until Paalam's Saturday match as the Olympic table has not yet counted his assured silver.

Technically, the Philippines has already surpassed Indonesia, which is currently in 43rd place (tied with Austria), with one gold for badminton women's doubles, one silver and two bronzes for weightlifting, and another bronze for badminton men’s singles, as of this writing. 

Traditional powerhouse Thailand is in 54th place with one gold for the women’s taekwondo and one bronze for women’s lightweight division boxing. Malaysia is in 80th place with one bronze for badminton men’s doubles after beating rival Indonesia in the sport. 

Singapore, a podium finisher in past Olympics, has not won any medals yet at the Tokyo Olympics. Also with no medals are Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.

The Philippine team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is the strongest delegation ever sent by the Southeast Asian nation to the games. They are composed of 19 athletes competing in gymnastics, boxing, athletics, weightlifting, taekwondo, shooting, golf, skateboarding, and swimming. In fact, it is the first time for most of the athletes to compete in the Olympics. Nevertheless, they have made their marks on world championships and Olympics qualifiers. 

Hidilyn Diaz, who won the country’s first gold medal in history, has vowed to train harder and bring more gold for the Philippines in the future Olympics. 


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