The real test begins for Gilas Pilipinas on Tuesday, September 26, when it makes its highly-anticipated debut in the 19th Asian Games.
Left to carry the fight in 3×3 basketball competitions, the Philippine men’s team rose to the occasion and hacked out a 13-8 victory over Jordan in the 19th Asian Games on Monday, September 25.
The Philippines lost another top medal hopeful after Tokyo Games veteran Kurt Barbosa dropped his opening round match to Uzbekistan’s Omonjon Otajonov at the start of taekwondo’s Kyorugi (free sparring) event in the 19th Asian Games.
Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham Tolentino felt that JR Francisco got the raw end of the judging as the Filipino skateboarder missed the podium Monday in the men’s park event of the 19th Asian Games.
Alex Eala dominated Sarah Ibrahim Khan in her Asiad debut on Monday, September 25, whipping her Pakistani foe, 6-0, 6-0, in the 19th Asian Games at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre.
The national men’s boxing team suffered its first casualty in Aaron Jude Bado, who lost his debut fight in the 19th Asian Games on Monday, September 25, at the Hangzhou gymnasium.
Tokyo Olympics medalist Kayla Sanchez debuted for the Philippines in the women’s 4x100m freestyle but the country will still have to wait for its first Asiad swimming medal in 25 years, as the Pinay tankers missed the podium of the 19th Asian Games.
Kiyomi Watanabe and four other Filipino judokas suffered crushing losses in the judo competition of the 19th Asian Games on Monday at the Xiaoshan Linpu Gymnasium on Monday, September 25.
Eumir Marcial of the Philippines came through with a dominant showing in his light-heavyweight debut, but Irish Magno bowed out of contention after the two Olympians suffered contrasting fates at the start of the boxing competitions in the 19th Asian Games.
Rower Joanie Delgaco fell short of winning a medal as she settled for fifth in the women’s single sculls event of the 19th Asian Games on Monday at the Fuyang Water Sports Centre on Monday.