Malacañang on Saturday hailed Carlo Paalam’s silver-medal feat in the men’s boxing flyweight competition of the Tokyo Olympics, as the Phiippines concluded its most successful campaign in the Games.
Paalam came up short of taking the men’s flyweight boxing gold after bowing to Great Britain’s Galal Yafai in the championship bout at the Kokugikan Arena in the Japanese capital on Saturday.
A first-round knockdown seemingly decided the match as the British fighter, the younger brother of former world super flyweight champion Kal Yafai, got the better of Paalam despite the latter performing better in the last two rounds.
The 23-year-old Paalam’s road to the Olympics is the story of Filipinos – filled with perseverance, sacrifice, and hard work, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
“May Carlo’s performance further serve as an inspiration to young generation of Filipinos,” he added.
Roque Thanked all Filipino athletes who participated in the Tokyo Olympics for showcasing their world-class talent, representing the country, and uplifting the spirit of the people amid the pandemic.
“We thank you for giving the Philippines its best Olympic performance in history,” he said, referring to the 1-2-1 gold-silver-bronze haul.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar likewise praised Paalam, a native of Cagayan de Oro City, for bringing home another silver medal after yielding a 1-4 points decision to Great Britain’s Galal Yafai at the Kokugikan Arena in Sumida City.
“ Your silver medal at the Olympics is an honor for the country). As a fellow Kagay-anon, you’ve not only represented our country but our region (Northern Mindanao) as well! We’re all very proud of you and your excellent performance,” he said in a separate statement.
Andanar said the achievement of Paalam, a first-time Olympian, is a win for all Filipinos.
“May you become an inspiration to your fellow Kagay-anon and the Filipino athlete with your determination and heart for the country)! Mabuhay ka (Long live)!” he said.
Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won gold while two other boxers, Nesthy Petecio and Eumir Marcial, snared silver and bronze, respectively.