Inquirer 7: Most memorable performances of Filipinos in world stage in 2017

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the amateur scene, welterweight Eumir Marcial and light heavyweight John Marvin showed Malaysia in the Southeast Asian Games what Filipinos can do with a couple of hands covered in leather.Marcial won the gold after bludgeoning Thailand’s Pathomsak Kuttiya to earn a 5-0 unanimous decision while teammate Marvin took a wild approach for his gold.Marvin needed just 21 seconds to capture his prize after he annihilated Malaysian Adli Hafidz B. Mohd Pauzi.Meanwhile, a trio went a collective 6-0 in the pro stage in 2017 with IBF World super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas collecting three wins in the year.Milan Melindo defended his IBF World light flyweight belt twice but lost in the unification of the WBA strap against Japan’s Ryoichi Taguchi.And although Donnie Nietes fought just once this year that resulted a unanimous decision win over Komgrich Nantapech, the IBF World flyweight champion once held the WBO World light flyweight belt for almost five years only vacating it to move up in weight.3. Breaking the iceThe members of the Philippine men’s ice hockey team celebrate their gold-medal victory in the 29th Southeast Asian Games ice hockey tournament Thursday night at the Empire City Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ SEA GAMES POOLThe Filipinos’ triumph in the ice hockey tournament in the 2017 SEA Games may never be comparable to the Miracle on Ice, but what they did is still nothing short of spectacular.The Mighty Ducks walked into the final round as virtual underdogs as they faced off against a powerful Thailand team that hasn’t lost in four years.That unbeaten streak finally ended as the Filipinos put five past Thailand’s goal line to take the gold medal after a 5-3 victory. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours With his impressive victory over Garcia, Biado joins Efren “Bata” Reyes, Ronato Alcano, Alex Pagulayan, and Bustamante as the Filipinos who won the competition.6. Tabal powers throughMary Joy Tabal wins the first gold medal for the Philippines when she ruled the women’s marathon at the 2017 SEA Games in Putrajaya, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZMary Joy Tabal not only ruled the SEA Games women’s marathon event by a literal mile, she also waylaid a controversy that almost prevented her from competing.The owner of the country’s first gold medal in Malaysia, Tabal was initially cut from the team after conflict with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association.After all that, though, Tabal was still reinstated into the team and the Rio Olympian is of a different pedigree than her Southeast Asian opponents.7. Folayang goes full landslideFILE – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen Eduard Folayang defeated the legendary Shinya Aoki in 2016 for the ONE Championship World lightweight title, the first thing he sought to do was prove that he really is a force to be reckoned with.Folayang’s time came on April 21 when he defended the strap against New Zealand’s Ev Ting at Mall of Asia Arena.And in front of his countrymen, Landslide delivered as he controlled Ting for five rounds with methodical strikes to earn him the unanimous decision win. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 4. A double-double for triathletesWomen’s triathlon gold medalist Kim Mangrobang. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLSimply put, the Philippines flat out dominated the competition in the triathlon of the 2017 SEA Games.The podium was practically draped in the Philippine tricolor as both the men’s and women’s teams capture the gold and silver medals in the competition.Nikko Huelgas broke the two-hour barrier for the gold in the men’s division after he clocked in 1:59:2 while teammate Leerams Chicano was at 2:01:27.Kim Mangrobang and Ma. Claire Adorna then doubled up on what their compatriots did.Gold medalist Mangrobang finished the race in 2:11:14 while Adorna was at 2:18:58.5. A double in the billiards world stageFilipinos are back in the throne room of the billiards castle after a seven-year absence.Carlo Biado outsmarted compatriot Roland Garcia, 13-5, to become the Philippines’ first World 9-Ball Champion after Django Bustamante did the feat in 2010. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsoncenter_img The Philippines, after Tabora’s triumph, now have eight World Cups in both the men and women’s division making it the third winningest country in the competition behind United States (19) and Canada (9).Tabora denied favorite Siti Sayifah of Malaysia 236-191 in the final.2. Leather can turn to goldEumir Felix Marcial of the Philippines (Blue) competes against Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand (Red) in the finals of the men’s middleweight class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Marcial prevailed to claim the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLThe Philippines has always had a glorious boxing history stemming from Gabriel Flash Elorde up until the greatest Filipino slugger in Manny Pacquiao.And in 2017 a troop of Filipinos earned their Masters and Doctors degrees in the Sweet Science.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Melindo falls to Taguchi in unification bout 1. Krizziah Tabora ruled the worldFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWorld Cup champion: Krizziah Lyn Tabora. —GRIG C. MONTEGRANDEThe name Krizziah Tabora would probably just go over the heads of the casual sporting spectator, but the bespectacled athlete is the current queen of the bowling world.Tabora’s triumph in the 53rd QubicaAMF World Cup in Mexico ended the absence of a Filipino woman atop the women’s division throne since Lita dela Rosa and Bong Coo won in 1978 and 1979. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Before the fireworks go off and the clock hits midnight, allow Inquirer to set you up for some reminiscing in the world of sports.Basketball and volleyball moments had been taken care of, so it’s time for the Filipinos who garnered international recognition to be given the mazel tov.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more