ARCHERS Rachel Anne Cabral and Mark Javier jumpstart the country’s bid in the London Olympics as they will be the first to see action from the 11 Filipino athletes entered in the July 27-August 12 showpiece.
Both Cabral and Javier compete in the women and men’s individual event, respectively, right on opening day, and will continue so until July 30 and August 1. If they make it to the medal round, Cabral will be on the target range for the women’s finals on August 2 and Javier for the men’s finals on the August 3.
Male swimmer Jessie Lacuna plunges into action in the 200-m freestyle heat on July 29, while shooter Brian Rosario starts hitting his target in the men’s skeet on July 30 -- the same day weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz competes in the 58kg weight class.
Boxer Mark Anthony Barriga, the country’s best bet for an Olympic medal, makes his Games debut on July 31, fighting in the 48 kg weight class. The 19-year-old native of Panabo, Davao needs to win four of his bouts to make the gold medal round on August 11.
Philippine Sports Commission executive director Guillermo Iroy provided the competition schedule of the most compact PH team to the Olympics since the 1996 Atlanta Games.
On August 1, Jasmine Alkhaldi swims against the world’s best in the women’s 100m freestyle, before Hoshina Tomohiko takes his turn in judo on August 3
Tracksters Marestella Torres and Rene Herrera won’t see action until August 7 and 8 in the women’s long jump and men’s 5,000m, respectively.
Cyclist Daniel Caluag, another possible medal contender, will be the last among the PH delegation to contend when he pedals his way in the men’s BMX starting on August 8.
Only Cabral, Javier, Caluag and Hoshina have yet to make the trip in London as the rest had been there as early as two weeks ago.
Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose `Peping’ Cojuangco will be leaving with POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros and Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia on July 26.