Filipino boxer Carlos Paalam guaranteed the Philippines another silver medal and a shot at a gold medal by winning his semifinals bout against Ryomei Tanaka of Japan at the Kokugikan Arena on Thursday.
Paalam scored a 5-0 unanimous decision win over his opponent and will face the winner of the fight between Galal Yafai of Great Britain and Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan on Sunday.
With a silver medal assured for Paalam, the current Philippine contingent to the Tokyo Olympics can claim to have the best medal haul as weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz brought home the country’s first ever Olympic gold, and boxer Nesthy Petecio harvested a silver. Another boxer, Eumir Marcial, is guaranteed at least a bronze medal.
Still in the running for a medal are golfers Yuka Saso and Bianca Pagdanganan.
Those who did not get medals at Tokyo will also get P500,000 each.
This, as the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) announced on Thursday that the MVP Sports Foundation will be giving away P500,000 each to the Olympic non-medalists.
“Everyone on Team Philippines in these ‘Golden Olympics’ deserve all the praises, and in this case, incentives, they need,” POC president Bambol Tolentino said. “Qualifying for the Olympics is already that difficult, what more competing in the Games themselves.”
Benefiting from this development are rowing’s Cris Nievarez, taekwondo’s Kurt Barbosa, skateboarding’s Margielyn Didal, shooting’s Jayson Valdez, gymnastics’ Carlos Yulo, boxing’s Irish Magno, judo’s Kiyomi Watanabe, weightlifting’s Elreen Ando, golf’s Juvic Pagunsan, athletics’ EJ Obiena (pole vault), Kristina Knott (200m run), and swimming’s Remedy Rule and Luke Gebbie.
The place in the history of the Philippines’ 2020 Tokyo Olympics team has been secured when Hidilyn Diaz won the country’s first-ever gold in the women’s 55-kg weightlifting event.