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13 Filipinos secure tickets to Paris 2024 Olympics, 12 still vying for slots

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FIRST OLYMPIC BRIEFING. In this POC photo, Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, the president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), takes the helm during the inaugural POC Journey to Olympic Briefing at the Milky Way Restaurant in Makati City. POC PHOTO

Thirteen Filipino athletes have secured their spots for the Paris 2024  Olympics, with 12 more hopefuls vying to qualify, marking the milestone 100th year of the nation’s participation in the Games. 

The announcement was made by POC President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino during the First POC Journey to Olympic Briefing held at the Milky Way Restaurant in Makati City on April 12.

Among the confirmed qualifiers are nine athletes who earned direct spots through direct qualifications include pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena, boxers Eumir Felix Marcial, Nesthy Petecio, and Aira Villegas, as well as weightlifters Vanessa Sarno, Erleen Ann Ando, and John Febuar Ceniza. The gymnastics contingent will be represented by Carlos Yulo and Aleah Finnegan.

In a surprising turn, weightlifter Rosegie Ramos secured a technical qualification in the women’s 49kg category despite her No. 11 world ranking after the Phuket qualifiers. Tolentino clarified that a Belgian competitor ranked above Ramos lacks the required number of qualifiers for Paris, thus affirming Ramos’s eligibility.

Completing the list are swimmers Kyla Sanchez and Jarrod Hatch, who earned berths under the universality rule, adding to the Filipino delegation’s diversity of talents.

Meanwhile, a host of promising athletes are on the cusp of Olympic qualification. 

From track and field’s Robyn Brown to taekwondo’s Kurt Barbosa, rowers Cris Nievarez and Joanie Delgaco, and judo competitors Keisei and Shugen Nakano and Yuta Watanabe, the list showcases the breadth of Filipino sporting prowess. 

Skateboarder Jericho Francisco, cyclists Patrick Coo and Shagne Yaoyao, gymnast Emma Malabuyo, golfer Bianca Pagdanganan, and boxer Carlo Paalam are also in contention, along with boxers Criz Laurente, Hergie Bacyadan, and Rogen Ladon.

In preparation for the Paris Olympics, the POC has finalized plans for a month-long training camp at Les Arenas Metz in La Moselle, from July 26 to August 11. This world-class facility will serve as a crucial venue for fine-tuning the athletes’ skills and fostering team cohesion ahead of the prestigious global event.

Tolentino expressed enthusiasm about this unprecedented training opportunity, marking a historic milestone for the Philippine Olympic movement. With Cignal as the official sponsor and Peak as the designated apparel partner for the camp, supported by Smart and Standard Insurance, Filipino athletes are poised to make their mark in Paris.

As national sports associations continue their efforts to secure additional qualifications, the entire Filipino sports community eagerly anticipates the momentous journey to the Paris Olympics, carrying the spirit of a century of Philippine Olympic excellence.

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