Fil-American BMX rider Daniel Caluag has joined seven other Filipinos in the 2012 London Olympics after receiving the nod from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
Caluag made the cut after finishing 24th in the elite men’s final of the 2012 UCI BMX world championship held in Birmingham, Great Britain.
It will be the first time a Filipino rider will compete in the Olympics since Norberto Oconer and Domingo Villanueva saw action in the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Twenty-four athletes have initially qualified based on world rankings by nation. UCI picked the next best finishers in the world championship per country which has yet to make the grade in the Olympics.
Caluag, a four-time BMX top pro rider in the United States before deciding to represent the Philippines in international competitions, is the only Asian among the 32 athletes who will participate in the men’s BMX event.
The Philippine athletes in the Olympics now stand at eight. Those who have already qualified for the July 27 to August 10 are boxer Mark Anthony Barriga, judoka Tomohiko Hoshina, shooter Brian Rosario, trackster Marestella Torres and Rene Herrera and two swimmers still to be named.