Philippines at the Olympics

The South East Asian nation of the Philippines first d competing in the Summer Olympics in 1924 and participated in the highly-awaited sports spectacle from then on (the country skipped the 1980 edition of the Olympics by taking part in the US-spearheaded boycott in the 198 Moscow Summer Olympic Games).  The nation also saw action on four editions of the Winter Olympic Games since 1972.

The Philippines is the first South East Asian nation to take part and win a medal at the Olympiad. The nation so far amassed three silver medals courtesy of Anthony Villanueva (boxing, 1964), Mansueto Velaco (boxing, 1996) and Hidilyn Diaz (weighlifting, 2016) and seven bronzes from Teofilo Yldefonso (swimming, 1928 and 1932), Simeon Toribio (athletics, 1932), Miguel White (athletics, 1936), Leopoldo Serantes (boxing, 1988) and Roel Velasco (1996).

The Philippines is a basketball-crazy nation and until now it holds a record of sorts in Asia. The country has the highest placing among Asian nations in both the Olympics and World Championships. The Philippines finished fifth in the 1936 Summer Olympic Games and captured a bronze medal in the 1954 FIBA World Championships.

The Philippines produced its first ever female medalist in the Rio Games as Hidilyn Diaz snatched the silver medal in women’s 53 kg category in weightlifting competition. Other notable Filipino athlete at the 2016 Games was Eric Clay who finished 14th overall in the 400-m hurdles in the track and field competition.

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