The Games may be over, but we still can’t get over the Olympic euphoria our athletes gave us!
Apart from lifting the nation’s spirits and bringing glory to the country, Filipino athletes also set and broke a couple of records during the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics–which also became the Philippines’ best-ever finish in the Summer Games in 89 years.
Inspiring Pinoy Athlete Who Set Record: Hidilyn Diaz
Hidilyn Diaz, 30, broke the Philippines’ nearly century-long drought by capturing gold in the women’s 55-kilogram division in weightlifting.
Her 127-kilogram lift in the clean and jerk ended up being the Olympic record of the 55-kg women’s division, which fed into a 224-kg total, also an Olympic mark. (Read: Gold Medalist Hidilyn Diaz Proves Nothing Is Impossible With God)
The Zamboanga native was competing in her fourth Olympics and won silver in Rio 2016.
Inspiring Pinoy Athlete Who Set Record: Luke Gebbie
Fil-Australian Luke Gebbie snapped his own Philippine record after finishing 36th out of 71 swimmers in the men’s 100-meter freestyle.
Gebbie, 24, placed fifth in the Heat 5 of 9, clocking 49.64 seconds, fast enough to set a new national record in the event.
The previous record was 49.94 seconds set by Gebbie during the Fina World Championships in 2019.
Inspiring Pinoy Athlete Who Set Record: Carlos Yulo
Carlos Yulo’s average score (14.716) and his score in the last of his two passes (14.866) are reportedly the highest by any Filipino gymnast in the vault, according to a Philstar report.
Yulo, 21, narrowly missed out on a podium finish as he placed fourth in the artistic gymnastics men’s vault final. (Read: PH Olympic Medal Tally Now At Four)
The top Filipino gymnast recorded a 14.566 in his first attempt after drawing a -0.1 penalty for his landing but rebounded with a 14.866 in the second attempt– the highest score among all attempts behind Tunisia’s Adem Asil’s performance that recorded 15.266.
Inspiring Pinoy Athlete Who Set Record: Nesthy Petecio
Nesthy Petecio made history as the first Filipina boxer to win an Olympic medal. (Read: From Heartbreaks to Honor: How Nesthy Petecio Got Back Up)
Petecio, 29, took home the silver medal– the Philippines’ first Olympic medal in boxing since the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta when Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco clinched silver in men’s light flyweight. The Filipina also became one of the first medalists in the Olympic Games’ women’s featherweight as the weight category made its debut in Tokyo.