The Tokyo Olympics 2020 or the 2020 Summer Olympics is finally happening this Jul. 23 to Aug. 8 and our very own athletes are gearing up for the competition. As of writing, 15 Pinoys are qualified for the quadrennial international multi-sport event and the number continues to rise. Philippine Sports Commissioner Ramon Fernandez says that we could be looking at sending 19 athletes to the Olympics, potentially breaking the record of 13 sent during the Rio 2016 Olympics. Meet our Filipino Olympians vying for gold at the Olympics and making us proud in international stages.
Article last updated: June 23, 2021
Congratulations Eumir Marcial
Third Filipino athlete qualifier to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
— Philippine Sports Commission (@psc_gov) March 9, 2020
Eumir Marcial – 25-year-old Felix Eumir Marcial is a Zamboanga native who is the first Filipino boxer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Marcial recently earned a bronze medal at the 2021 Asian Elite Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championships last May 28. He is also the third Pinoy overall to qualify for the Olympics after EJ Obiena and Carlos Yulo.
— Philippine Sports Commission (@psc_gov) February 12, 2021
Irish Magno – When Magno was 16 years old she was scouted by her coach while watching other boxers train at the town plaza in Janiuay, Iloilo. Her career only went up from there. Magno won her first gold medal at the 2012 Taipei Open and regularly represented the Philippines for SEA Games. She is the first Filipina boxer to qualify for the Summer Olympics.
Congratulations Elreen Ando for qualifying to the Tokyo Olympic Games after clinching the 12th spot of the women’s 64kg class of the International Weightlifting Federation latest world rankings.#IAmSportsPositive#parasainangbayan🇵🇭 pic.twitter.com/umKcIwSAOS
— Philippine Sports Commission (@psc_gov) June 12, 2021
Elreen Ando – Last June 12, Ando became the 11th Filipino Olympian. The 22-year-old Cebuana weightlifter has two silver medals and a bronze at the 2021 Asian Weightlifting Championships. She ranks 12th at the International Weightlifting Federation in the women’s 64kg division.
Congratulations golfer Juvic Pagunsan for qualifying to the Tokyo Olympic Games!
— Philippine Sports Commission (@psc_gov) June 22, 2021
Juvic Pagunsan is currently ranked 5oth in the top 60 Olympic golf rankings which earned him a ticket to his maiden Olympics. Pagunasan is also the 13th Filipino to qualify for the quadrennial games. Golfers Yuka Saso and Bianca Pagdanganan are also expected to qualify for Tokyo.
— Philippine Sports Commission (@psc_gov) June 19, 2021
Jayson Valdez is the 12th Filipino Olympian to qualify for the games. He is the first Filipino air rifle shooter sent to the Olympics after Paul Bryan Rosario participated as a wild card entry to the 2012 London Olympics. Valdez will be competing in the men’s 10m air rifle event.
Congratulations Cris Nievarez for qualifying to the Tokyo Olympics after competing at the World Rowing Asia-Oceania Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Tokyo, Japan.
— Philippine Sports Commission (@psc_gov) May 10, 2021
Cris Nievarez used to compete in the 400-m sprint before he was scouted by former rowing bet Justine Viñas who invited him to try for the national rowing team. He took home a gold medal during the 2019 SEA Games. The 21-year-old is the first rower in the Olympics since Benjamin Tolentino Jr. competed in the 2000 Sydney Games.
Winning moment of Kurt Barbosa! Comeback is real! 🇵🇭🇵🇭💯 @kurtesyyyyyy just qualify to Tokyo Olympics after a 10-point comeback win with his opponent. 😱😱😮
What a rollercoaster ride of emotions! 😱🇵🇭
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Kurt Barbosa was hailed as the Rookie Player of the Year and the Most Valuable Player during the UAAP Season 81 in 2018. The following year, he became part of the national team and won gold at the 2019 SEA Games. Barbosa claimed his Olympic spot after winning the 2021 Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament.
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