Philippines at the Olympics

The South East Asian nation of the Philippines first competed in the Summer Olympics in 1924 and has competed in all editions since then except when the country skipped the 1980 edition of the Olympics by taking part in the US-led boycott of the 198 Moscow Summer Olympic Games. 

The Philippines is the first South East Asian nation to take part and win a medal at the Olympics. Their first success was a bronze at the 1932 Olympics. The Philippines produced its first ever female medalist at the Rio Games as Hidilyn Diaz snatched the silver medal in women’s 53 kg category in weightlifting competition. Four years later, she made history becoming the first athlete from the Philippines to win gold at the Olympics.

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.

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