Diaz crashes out; Barriga fights Italian


BRIAN Rosario competes in the skeet event of the shooting competitions on Monday. JUN ENGRACIA/TAKEN WITH CANON E0S 7D

LONDON—Hidilyn Diaz crashed out of women’s weightlifting’s 58-kilogram competition without clearing her opening lift and skeet shooter Brian Rosario struggled in the windy firing line Monday at the 30th London Olympics here.

The two-time Olympian Diaz failed in all her three attempts to clear her opening weight of 118 kg in the clean and jerk and was eliminated from the competition. She lifted 97 kg in the snatch, good for 12th in a field of 18.

Diaz, the country’s flag-bearer in the Opening Ceremonies, thus became the second Filipino athlete to bow out of these Games after Jessie Khing Lacuna, who wound up fifth in his heat in the 200-meter freestyle Sunday.

On a chilly afternoon in London’s high summer, Rosario shot all birds in a perfect third round, earning loud applause from the gallery. But it was too late a charge for the only Southeast Asian in the field as the winds blew and the chill factor ruined his focus in the first two of five rounds in the shotgun event.

The businessman from Malabon shot strings of 22, 19 and 25 for 66 points, eight behind reigning Olympic champion and pacesetter Vincent Hancock of the United States at Royal Artillery Barracks. Rosario lay 32nd in the starting cast of 36.

Hancock, also the world record-holder with 125, showed the way for the second-placed trio of Stefan Nilsson of Sweden, Anders Golding of Denmark and Nasser Al-Attiya of Qatar, who all had a 72.

The last two rounds of the two-day, five-round competition fire off at 9 a.m. Tuesday with Rosario hoping to stay in touch with the middle-ranking pack.

“I told him to take it easy and not think about the next rounds,” said Mikee Romero, the president of the Philippine National Shooting Association (PNSA) who was instrumental in landing the Olympic wild-card berth for Rosario. “The competition is on a different level in the Olympics and the wind and chill factor somehow affected his performance.”

“He’s still jittery, but I’m sure he’ll overcome that in the next two rounds,” said Gay Corral, Rosario’s coach.

Meanwhile, Mark Anthony Barriga tries to slay the ghost of Harry Tañamor’s painful exit from the Olympics four years ago when he battles Italian light flyweight Manuel Cappai in the first round of the boxing competition at ExCeL Arena here.

And archer Rachelle Anne Cabral, buoyant over the knockout system’s exciting format, shoots against Inna Stepanova of Russia for a place in the second round of the women’s Fita 70-meter individual event at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Barriga, the 19-year-old whirlwind of a fighter from Panabo City in Davao, sets out as the slight underdog to the former world championship bronze medalist from Cagliari who also enjoys a six-inch height advantage at 5-foot-6.

The fight, set at 2:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. in Manila), offers Barriga a chance to resuscitate the country’s boxing fortunes in the Olympics which took a shocking nosedive when Tanamor, then ranked No. 2 in the world in the same weight class in 2008, crashed out in the first round against Mangyo Plange of Ghana.

No other Filipino, man or woman, managed to land a berth in these Games and Barriga knows the significance of winning his first bout, or the three wins he needs to land a long-sought after medal.

“Handa na ako (I am ready),” said Barriga, at 5-feet flat the shortest fighter in the lightest of boxing’s 10 divisions but easily the busiest. “I’ve trained for two years for this chance to fight in the Olympics.”

His coach, Roel Velasco, acknowledged the bumpy route to a medal in Barriga’s tough side of the draw, which includes defending Olympic champion Zhou Shiming of China, but said his boy is up to the challenge.

“It’s a tough group but I have confidence in Mark,” said Velasco, a bronze medalist in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, in Filipino. “He worked hard to earn this stint. I know he’ll not disappoint us.”

If Barriga gets past the son of a former Italian featherweight champion, his next assignment will be the rated Birzhan Zhakypov, who is heavily favored to beat Jeremy Beccu of France. Another win will set him up against either Zhou or Cuba’s Yosbany Sotto.

In his workout on Sunday afternon, Barriga shadowboxed, skipped ropes and did some stretching, the same regimen he went through in the morning.

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  • Sonic Weiv

    Go bariga!! you can do it! Stay positive

  • odi g

     don’t expect much, everything is for formalities only.- sad to say

  • DennisApolinario

    Kasi naman alam na natin noon pa na walang pag-asang manalo ang mga atleta natin, pilit pa rin nating ipinadala.  Ano ba ang reason, exposure ba, participation ba? Ang daming nagugutom na mga Pilipino. Wala naman tayong mapapala sa paglahok nila sa London. Ang nakinabang lang ay yung mga opisyales na nag-junket.

    • Franzeline Perdubal

      Wala ka palang bilib sa kapwa mo Pilipino. Hanggang diyan ka na nga lang.

      Barriga, Manalo man o matalo, hawak mo ang bandila ng bayang matapang at mapagkumbaba. Naway manalo ka.

    • Richard De leon

      Hwag kang ganyan mag isip. Ang mga Pilipino palaban. sa tono ng sinasabi mo parang okay lng sayo kulelat ang mga Pinoy. Walang mangyayari satin kung lahat ng Pinoy ganyan kababaw mag isip. Kaya laban PILIPINAS.  

      • thenewpulahan

         Dennis, kaya ang bayang ito ay pinagiiwanan ng kanyang mga mamamayan ay dahil, madami sa atin pera pera lang ang tinging sa lahat. Naiintidihan mo ba ang consepto ng dignidad? Hindi ito nalalamon pero ang tao pag may ganito malayo ang nararating at hindi nanatiling tigahingi at taga-asa ng bigay ng gobyerno at kapamilya.

        Paminsan minsan kailangan nating gumastos para dito. Kelangan ding makita ang watawat ng Pilipinas na nakahanay kasama ang mga bandila ng ibang bansa.Para sa Pilipinong mahal ang bayan napakalaking halaga nito. Hindi importanteng manalo o matalo. Importante na kalahok tayo sa pandaigdigang patimpalak na ito.

        Tama ka, hindi tama na nagpipiggy back ang mga opisyales sa players para makarating sa Olympics, pero dapat mo ring malaman na ang karapatdapat na mga opisyal ay mayron ding karapatan na sumama sa mga palaro, Ito ay para  alam nila ang kasalukuyang nangyayari sa sports na kanilang nilalahukan.

    • dotCommer64

      Kung daming nagugutom na pilipino, ano ang kinalaman nyan sa Olympics? Alam mo ba mas maraming bansang nagugutom kesa sa Pilipinas pero mas malaki ang delegasyon sa olympics? Naiintindihan mo ba ang diwa ng Olympics? Hindi ito para manghakot ng investment, Ito ay para sa pakikiisa ng Pilipinas sa Lipunan ng mga bansa, Pakikiisa ng pilipino sa ibat ibang lahi ng mundo.

      Me pag-asang manalo o wala, dapat paring makilahok dahil hindi ang pagpanalo ang layunin ng olympics, ang layunin ng Olympics ay magkasama sama at magkaisa ang mga bansa. Kung ang panalo lang ang hinahanap ng mga bansa, e di sana US, Russia, China etc nalang makikilahok dyan sa olympics pero makikita mo kahit pinakamahirap pa na bansa sa Africa sumasali dyan.

      Ang pagiisip ng “wala naman tayong mapapala” o kaya “di natin makakain yan” ay isang kulturang bulok na dapat nating tanggalin.

      • Franzeline Perdubal

        well said, well said. Cheers!

    • dodong1

      you should be proud as a Pilipino dahil meron tayong representative sa Olympics yung iba wala.. why are you questioning yung gastos sa pagpapadala natin ng mga atleta sa isang prestigious occasion like OLYMPICS, this is every athletes dream to be in it..manalo man o matalo..besides did you contribute to the support of these athletes?? sabi nga nila at least dito nakikita natin ang ating pera hindi na lang binubulsa ng mga magnanakaw na politcians dyan…so, if you do not have any good thing to say better not to say anything at all…

  • el flaco

    I hope Barriga will make it to the finals.

  • gyvv

    pacman should be the one training the boxers… wishful thinking

    • tim dela rosa


      • gyvv

        just pacman, roach is am, pnoy is better~

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