11 Filipino Athletes will compete during the 2012 Olympics in London. Let’s learn more about each member of Team Philippines for the 2012 Olympics.

First off, it’s good to know that the Philippines made history in 1928 by being the first Southeast Asian Country to win an Olympic Medal. The medal, a bronze one, was courtesy of Teofilo Yldefonso in swimming.

The Philippine Olympic Team has since won two silver Olympic Medals in boxing, and seven bronze medals coming from athletics, swimming and boxing as well.

Team Philippines looking for Gold at 2012 Olympics in London

London Olympic Games 2012

London Olympic Games 2012

This year, Team Philippines is looking forward to bag the big fish – taking home an Olympic Gold Medal which the Philippines has never claimed yet – despite of the historic momentum in 1928 and the various other medals claimed through the years.

It’s up to the 11 Members of the Philippine Olympic Team to bring us glory and gold in the Olympic Games in London. Let’s take a look at some of them first though:

Members of the Philippine Team to the Olympics 2012

Olympic Team Philippines Member: JASMINE ALKHALDIJASMINE ALKHALDI
SWIMMING (100 M FREESTYLE)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: JUNE 20, 1993 (19 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: PARANAQUE
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• 2011 SOUTHEAST ASIAN AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS 3 -GOLD MEDALIST
• QUALIFIED TO THE OLYMPICS BY UNIVERSALITY THROUGH HER PARTICIPATION AND BEST TIME IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
• 2010 SINGAPORE NATIONAL AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS 2-BRONZE MEDALS

Olympic Team Philippines Member: MARK ANTHONY BARRIGAMARK ANTHONY BARRIGA
BOXING (49 KGS. LIGHTFLYWEIGHT)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: JUNE 11, 1993 (19 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: PANABO, DAVAO
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• FIRST FILIPINO TO QUALIFY TO THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
• GOLD MEDAL IN THE 2012 SYDNEY JACKSON MEMORIAL TASHKENT UZBEKISTAN
• OLYMPIC QUALIFIER IN THE 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AZERBAIJAN

Olympic Team Philippines Member: DANIEL MANABAT CALUAGDANIEL MANABAT CALUAG
CYCLING (BMX)
PRESENTLY IN THE U.S.

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: JANUARY 15, 1987 (25 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: FIL-AM BUT HAILS FROM BULACAN
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• AMONG TOP 60 RIDERS IN THE WORLD
• PARTICIPATED IN THE UCI BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Olympic Team Philippines Member: HIDILYN DIAZ HIDILYN DIAZ
WEIGHTLIFTING (58 KGS)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: FEBRUARY 20, 1991 (21 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: ZAMBOANGA CITY
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• RANKED 9TH IN THE WORLD
• FIRST FILIPINO FEMALE TO COMPETE IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES
• WILD CARD ENTRY IN THE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS
• 2007 SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES BRONZE MEDALIST
• 2 GOLDS & 1 SILVER IN THE ASIAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

Olympic Team Philippines Member: RENE HERRERARENE HERRERA
ATHLETICS (5,000 METER RUN)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: MAY 24, 1979 (33 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: GUIMARAS ISLAND, ILOILO
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• 5-TIME SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES DEFENDING CHAMPION
• RANKS 8TH IN ASIAN 5,000 METER RUN & 3,000 METER STEEPLECHASE
• 8TH IN THE 2006 DOHA ASIAN GAMES 3,000 STEEPLECHASE

Olympic Team Philippines: TOMOHIKO ALDABA HOSHINATOMOHIKO ALDABA HOSHINA
ATHLETE – JUDO (+100 KGS. SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT)
CURRENTLY IN JAPAN

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: JULY 4, 1987
• Place of Birth: FIL-JAP BUT MOTHER HAILS FROM BULACAN
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• GARNERED 27 RANKING POINTS IN 2011 WORLD JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS
• AMONG 20 ASIANS TO QUALIFY TO THE LONDON OLYMPICS
• 2007 SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES SILVER MEDALIST

Olympic Team Philippines Member: JESSIE KHING LACUNAJESSIE KHING LACUNA
SWIMMING (200 M FREESTYLE)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: DECEMBER 23, 1993 (18 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: PULILAN, BULACAN
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• 6 GOLD MEDALS IN THE 2ND PHILIPPINE NATIONAL GAMES
• QUALIFIED TO THE OLYMPICS BY UNIVERSALITY THROUGH HIS PARTICIPATION AND BEST TIME IN THE 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Olympic Team Philippines Member: BRIAN ROSARIOBRIAN ROSARIO
SHOOTING (SKEET)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: APRIL 17, 1982 (29 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: MANILA
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• CURRENTLY THE BEST FILIPINO SKEET SHOOTER HITTING 6 TIMES THE MINIMUM QUALIFYING OLYMPIC SCORE SINCE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS
• 2011 SYDNEY WORLD CUP SERIES HITTING THE MINIMUM QUALIFYING SCORE
• ITALIAN WORLD CUP OF SHOTGUN MINIMUM SCORER
• 2005 SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES DOUBLE GOLD MEDALIST

Olympic Team Philippines Member: MARESTELLA TORRESMARESTELLA TORRES
ATHLETICS ( WOMEN LONG JUMP)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: FEB 20, 1981 (32 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: SA JOSE, NEGROS ORIENTAL
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• 4-TIME SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES LONG JUMP DEFENDING CHAMPION
• 2009 ASIAN ATHLETICS LONG JUMP CHAMPION
• COMPETED IN THE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES
• 2005 ASIAN ATHLETICS LONG JUMP SILVER MEDALIST

Let’s hope and pray that the effort of our 11-head strong Philippine Team at this years Olympics will result in more medals for the Philippines, hopefully the first Olympic Gold of many more to come in the future.

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