Philippines


Hidilyn Diaz hoping for a medal at the Beijing Olympics

Hidilyn Diaz started training for weightlifting out of necessity in the Philippines. Her poor family had no running water, so she had to carry two five-gallon containers of water everyday for her family to drink and wash.
Diaz is just 17 years old and has been in Beijing since March preparing for the [...]

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Sheila Mae Perez made it through to the Beijing Olympics after finishing 17th in the 3 meter springboard event.
“The judging system is super strict and lots of new criteria came in, so she did very well considering all that,” said Aquatics chief Mark Joseph.
“If Sheila continues to train in China, and gets exposed to the [...]

Flyweight Violito Payla from the Phillipines beat Khalid Said from England 29-15 in the International Amateur Boxing Association World Boxing Championships at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion.
“I’m ready to face anyone in my class,” said Payla in a supreme show of confidence. “Even today, I’m willing to fight Warren.”
Payla goes on to fight Warren on [...]

Philippine boxer Joan Tipon recently lost to Orlando Tacuyan, also from the Philippines at the 2007 Smart National Open.
“I had trouble trying to get into my ideal weight as a bantam after my arrival from the Ostrova Grand Prix tournament in the Czech Republic and I was prevailed upon to fight in the featherweight class,” [...]