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Meet the 10 Filipinas Representing PH At The Tokyo Olympics

19 delegates–10 women, 9 men–will be representing the Philippines in Tokyo 2020.

Tomorrow, July 23, the 32nd Summer Olympics will commence– and for the first time in Philippine sports history, there are more women than men on the Philippine team!

Japan is hosting The Games, dubbed Tokyo 2020. It was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Philippines sent 19 delegates– 9 men and 10 women.

The nine males included are world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo, Philippine pole vault record holder and world number six pole vaulter EJ Obiena, boxer Carlo Paalam, and golfer Juvic Pagunsan. (Read: LOOK: Tokyo Unveils COVID-19-Ready Olympic Village)

But today, let’s focus on the Filipina athletes who have inspired young girls to get into sports despite the stereotype that sports are mainly for men! Here are the 10 women delegates of the Philippines to the Tokyo Olympics.

Filipinas of Tokyo 2020: Hidilyn Diaz

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Photo from Hidilyn Diaz Facebook

The champion weightlifter will once again be representing the Philippines on the international stage against top weightlifters around the world. After bagging a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Hidilyn is hoping for a medal–hopefully, a gold–finish once again this year. This is Hidilyn’s fourth straight Olympics stint.

Event and event date: Women’s 55kg, July 26 (Monday)

Filipinas of Tokyo 2020: Margielyn Didal

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Photo from Margielyn Arda Didal Facebook

The 22-year-old skateboarder is making her Olympic debut at the Tokyo Olympics after winning gold at the 2018 Asian Games and the 2019 SEA Games. Margielyn is currently 13th in the world and was named Asia Skater of the Year for 2021. She has also been featured in the 2018 Time Magazine list for most influential teens, and the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30, among others.

Event and event date: Women’s street, July 26 (Monday)

Filipinas of Tokyo 2020: Nesthy Petecio

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Photo from Sta. Cruz Tourism/Nesthy Petecio – World Champion Facebook

SEA Games gold medalist and women’s boxing world champion Nesthy Petecio is looking to get a podium finish for the Philippines in the women’s featherweight category. This will be her first Olympics stint.

Event and event date: Women’s featherweight, July 24 (Saturday)

Filipinas of Tokyo 2020: Yuka Saso

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Yuka Saso of the Philippines hoists the US Women’s Open trophy after winning in a sudden death playoff following the final round at The Olympic Club. (Photo from Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters/ABS-CBN News)

Yuka Saso is one of the Philippines’ top medal bets for Tokyo 2020. After winning the 2021 US Women’s Open title, all eyes are on Yuka to bring home a medal for golf. The women’s golf world number eight won double gold in the 2018 Asian Games. (Read: Vietnam SEA Games Postponed To 2022 Due To COVID-19)

Event and event date: Women’s golf, August 4 (Wednesday)

Filipinas of Tokyo 2020: Irish Magno

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Photo from Irish Magno Facebook

After winning silver at the 2019 SEA Games, boxer Irish Magno is looking to clinch a spot on the podium in the Tokyo Olympics. The 28-year-old boxer qualified for the Games via a win at the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan. Irish won via unanimous decision and became the fourth Filipino Olympic delegate.

Event and event date: Women’s flyweight, July 25 (Sunday)

Filipinas of Tokyo 2020: Bianca Pagdanganan

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Photo from Darren Carroll/PGA of America/Getty images

The 23-year-old golfer is a SEA Games gold medalist and Asian Games bronze medalist (individual event) and gold team medalist (team event with Yuka Saso). During her rookie year in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Bianca finished ninth in the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championships. She also set a world record leap from world number 712 to 234 in 2020.

Event and event date: Women’s golf, August 4 (Wednesday)

Filipinas of Tokyo 2020: Kiyomi Watanabe

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THE Philippine Judo Federation said it is confident that Kiyomi Watanabe will figure prominently in her event in the rescheduled Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Photo from Phillipine Star)

Judoka Kiyomi Watanabe will take her skills to the international stage in the hopes of dominating in the women’s 63kg category in Judo. This is after an impressive SEA Games performance, where she has won four consecutive golds. Kiyomi will also be serving as the Philippines’ female flag bearer at the opening ceremonies on Friday, alongside boxer Eumir Marcial. (Read: Hidilyn Diaz Inspires Children to Dream High With New Book About Her Life)

Event and event date: Women’s 63kg, July 27 (Tuesday)

Filipinas of Tokyo 2020: Kristina Knott

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Photo from Tempo

The Philippine record holder in the 200m women’s run, Kristina Knott makes her first Olympics stint ever since officially joining the Philippine team in 2018. She previously joined the 2018 Asian Games, and the 2019 SEA Games, where she actually broke the SEA Games record twice in a single day for the 200m event.

Event and event date: Women’s 200m run, August 2 (Monday)

Filipinas of Tokyo 2020: Elreen Ando

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Photo from Tempo

The younger of the two women weightlifters of the Philippine team, Elreen Ando looks to follow Hidilyn Diaz’s footsteps and clinch an Olympic medal of her own. The 22-year-old recently won two silvers and one bronze medal in the Asian Weightlifting Championships. Elreen is also a 2019 SEA Games silver medalist.

Event and event date: Women’s 64kg, July 27 (Tuesday)

Filipinas of Tokyo 2020: Remedy Rule

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Photo from Carol Capitani Twitter

The 24-year-old swimmer is looking to make the best of her swan song. Remedy, who is a 13-time champion of the Big 12 (a collegiate athletic conference in Texas), says the Tokyo Olympics will be her last competition before retirement. She is a SEA Games silver and bronze medalist for the butterfly and freestyle competitions, respectively.

Event and event date: Women’s 200m freestyle and butterfly, July 24 (Saturday), and July 27 (Tuesday)

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