EXPECTATIONS OF PHILIPPINES ATHLETICS BEYOND – 2022

Filipino athleticism is more pronounced in Boxing, weightlifting, gymnastics, and swimming. Traditional Track and Field competition and performance could benefit from some improvement. Perhaps, Filipino Athletic Leadership should consider a Foreigner to participate in the Training of the Track and Field squad. Nothing-ventured nothing gain – what do you have to lose. A foreigner might be the catalyst needed to develop a new stock of Filipino Track and Field Athletes.  

Now is the time to display a new caliber of Track and Field Athletes. Athletes who will do more than dominate the SEA Games but capable of competing at a high level in the Olympics and other International Track and Field competitions. Such attainment would bring attention to the Philippines Track and Field program now and beyond Olympics 2024.

Boxing, weightlifting, gymnastics, and swimming programs appear to be well on the way to producing Stars in the near future. While current Athletes in these disciplines are not yet Household names, avid Fans think that just like Hidilyn Diaz and EJ OBIENA, some will attain prominence soon.

In Olympic Level Boxing, Female and Male Kababayans are stepping in the Ring fearless and throwing barrage of punches. They are competing in a manner the equivalent of “I am Pilipino and here to win”. Eumir Marcial is a promising Boxer who should have a successful Professional career. The “young uns” are maintaining the Legacy.

Weightlifting is now a prominent event. Weightlifters are encouraged by the performances of Hidilyn Diaz in SEA Games – 2022. Pinoys expect their good fortunes to continue. Fans expect the Team to be competitive on the International stage.

In Gymnastics, Carlos Yulo should maintain his form. The Philippines Athletes are progressively working on their talents. The Women’s Gymnastics Team is competitive. Fans sense a Pride of the Philippines among them, or a Burning Spear somewhere.  There are Philippines Women Athletes whose mettle will be obvious in Olympics 2024

Swimming is a frontline event for the Filipino Team. Kababayans are always striving to be as good as Americans are in the Pool. CHLOE ISLETA is leading the effort. Hidilyn Diaz encourages another First in an event. Chloe Isleta embraces the challenge and look forward to Olympics 2024.

Track and Field is lagging and might need some assistance from outside Country with respect to Times and Heights for the respective events. There is no doubt that Filipinos would like to be as good as Jamaicans are on the Track.

Pole Vault in the Philippines is getting attention. E J Obiena and Natalie Uy are creating excitement. Natalie Uy is someone to follow. Fans of E J Obiena see him as a high prospect for a Medal in the Pole Vault Olympics 2024. It is likely that he will win the Gold Medal at Olympics 2024. He did not win the Gold Medal at WAC – 2022 but he performed at a high Level and won the Bronze.   

SEA Games 2022 produced encouraging performances. The Women 200M Final performance was impressive. Performances overall were encouraging spiritually but physically there is significant work required. All Athletes are back in constructive Training and preparation for WAC – 2023 and Olympics 2024. The Tail Gate Party continues to Olympics 2024.

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TRACK AND FIELD IN THE PHILIPPINES – 2022

Philippines Athletics is definitely on a trajectory of forward and upward. The Performances of John Obiena and Hidilyn Diaz in Olympics 2020 have energized aspiring athletes. Fans are anticipating more of what they saw in Tokyo and glimpses of recent events. Collectively they are echoing sentiments of “Liking, Loving, and wanting more“.

There is increased participation in Track and Field in the Philippines and the future looks bright. EJ Obiena is a talented Athlete. Fans are not sure why the issues with the Athletic Authorities. However, they are pleading with the authorities to let him participate and represent Country. Fans see no need to prohibit talent. If you think EJ Obiena is not talented, let us see you do the Pole Vault. There is anticipation that EJ Obiena will ultimately get a medal on the world stage in the Pole Vault.

The Philippines Athletes are progressively working on their talents to be as good as Jamaicans on the Track and Americans in the Pool. I sense many Pride of the Philippines among them, or a Burning Spear somewhere

Fans will forever revere Hidilyn Diaz. Hidilyn Diaz in the 55kg weightlifting event was ready to step forward and be the Philippines first Olympic Gold MedalistHidilyn Diaz, has been competing on the World Stage since 2007. She was a Silver medalist in Rio 2016 and was ready to be an Olympic Gold Medalist in Tokyo. She was determined to give every Kilogram of effort to accomplish her Goal. She withstood the Pressure from competitors to attain victory. Her performance was exemplary and a model for all Philippines Athletes to emulate. Olympics 2024 should conclude her Olympics Career. Expectations are she will participate in coaching aspiring Weight Lifting Olympic caliber Athletes.

The Philippines Olympic Gold Medal drought is over. Moving Forward we anticipate competitive Performances from James Deiparine, Kristina Marie Knott, Carlo Paalam, and Carlos Yulo in World Athletics Championships 2022 and Olympics 2024. As Philippines Athletes, prepare for World Athletic Championships – 2022. Pinoys expect their good fortunes to continue. Fans anticipate the Team will be competitive and hope all Athletes are in good health and filled with optimism after the typhoon.

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PHILIPPINES ATHLETES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – 2022

Philippines Athletes prepare for World Athletic Championships – 2022. Philippines Track and Field Athletes are moving forward. They are encouraged by the performances of Hidilyn Diaz and EJ OBIENA in Tokyo Olympics – 2021. Pinoys expect their good fortunes to continue. Fans anticipate the Team will be competitive and hope all Athletes are in good health and filled with optimism after the typhoon.

Kristina Marie Knott made her Olympics debut in Tokyo but her performances in the Women’s 100M and 200M were not as impressive as anticipated. She should improve for World Athletic Championships – 2022. Fans are wondering, which Athlete will win the second Gold medal for the Philippines. Will it happen soon and will it be at a World Athletic Championships or an Olympics?

Fans of Hidilyn Diaz are waiting to hear her Athletic plans after Marriage. Will she compete in one more World Athletic Championships? She might not compete in World Athletic Championships – 2022. Fans think she will compete in the SEA Games and then focus on Olympics 2024. Olympics 2024 should conclude her active Olympics Career with expectations she will participate in coaching aspiring Weight Lifting Olympic caliber Athletes.

E J Obiena should perform well in Pole Vault, fingers crossed. Off the Track, issues should be resolved before World Athletic Championships – 2022. Fans of E J Obiena see him as a high prospect for a Medal in Pole Vault. He might not get that Gold Medal at World Athletic Championships – 2022 but he will be competitive. It is more likely he will be early for Dinner at Olympics 2024.

Philippines Track and Field Athletes are staying in shape. The 2021 Ayala Philippines Athletics Championships, in Baguio City, produced performances that are encouraging. Notably performances in the Men: 100M, 200M, 400M, 400M Hurdles, 110 M Hurdles, and 800M. Among the Women: the 100M and 400M performances were encouraging. Performances were encouraging spiritually but physically there is significant work required. Natalie Uy is someone to follow. All Athletes are expected to get back to constructive Training.

Carlos Yulo should maintain his form in Gymnastics. Swimming, Gymnastics, Boxing, and Weight Lifting will be frontline for the Filipino Team. The Philippines Athletes are progressively working on their talents to be as good as Jamaicans on the Track and Americans in the Pool. Fans sense a Pride of the Philippines among them, or a Burning Spear somewhere. The Women’s Team appears competitive. Women’s Pole Vault should have an entrant from the Philippines. There are Philippines Women Athletes whose mettle will be obvious in Olympics 2024.

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WOMEN TRACK AND FIELD BEYOND OLYMPICS 2021

Times are changing. Athletes are relocating or changing Camps and affiliation. Perhaps, Athletes should change coaches every Eight (8) years or after two (2) Olympic Cycles. This will give Athletic Pundits additional material to write. Arguably, 2016 – 2024 will be the Era of Elaine Thompson – Herah. Despite taking a presumed Sabbatical in 2017 – 2020, one cannot refute her Dominance in the Women 100M and 200M events and the difference she makes on a 4 X100M Relay Squad.

Olympics 2021 and Prefontaine Classic 2021 is History. Up next of significance is World Athletic Championships – 2022. Fans envision another 123 in the Women 100M event. If the Cast of characters is the same and Elaine, Shelly, and Shericka are healthy, then it is possible. World Athletic Championships could be considered a redundancy but it is good for the Sport of Track and Field. Monetarily, it is good for Athletes of the Caliber we saw in Tokyo Olympics 2021. Fans will enjoy seeing another 123 performance and greedy enough to request repeats, the equivalent of refills at the Soda Fountain.

World Athletic Championships – 2022 should be entertaining. There is a possibility that Elaine Thompson – Herah will run 10.47 and 21.2 for the 100M and 200M respectively. Fans anticipate Shericka Jackson will join the 100M 10.6X club. A review of Olympics 2021 and Prefontaine Classic 2021 show Shericka Jackson closing fast at the end of each race. This is confirmation that Shericka Jackson is making progress with her Speed. There is work required on her start. Start is not limited to getting out of the Blocks it includes forward progress by or about 30 Meters into the 100M and 200M events.

Some athletes could have a career-challenging year in 2022. For example if Shacari Richardson finds it difficult to beat 123, she may not participate in World Athletic Championships – 2022 or Olympics 2024. Will Christine Mboma get faster and allowed to compete in the 400M? Will Gabby Thomas decide to compete in the 100M? Fans of Gabrielle Thomas are not keen on her ability to be a Star in the 100M and the 400M events. Her Athletic history seems best suited for the 200M. Gabrielle Thomas can be a star in the 400M event if she studies this race. Regardless she will compete.

Olympics 2024 should be exciting. The French Athletes will bring their best Game but not likely to be as good as this 400M Performance. Fans of Elaine Thompson – Herah yearn for Signature Performances at the Paris Olympics – 2024. Gauntlet down, Fans anticipate 10.47 for the 100M and 21.2 for the 200M or better. The Spear should burn in Paris. Should the gods of Athletic Health smile, Elaine Thompson – Herah, will perform at an extremely high level and make Jamaica proud. All 100M finalist in Paris know in advance, that if their Personal Best (PB) is south of 10.7X, they will be late for Dinner where dinner is the Gold Medal.

Three-Peat and 123 is very much a possibility at the Paris Olympics – 2024. Three-Peat – Fans of Elaine Thompson – Herah believe she can win the 100M and 200M for a third consecutive time at the Paris Olympics – 2024.123 – Fans envision the expected three (3) Jamaican entrants in the Women’s 100M Final in Paris, to finish 1, 2, 3, and stake Flag on the Podium, regardless of the names associated with the entrants.

From now until after Olympics 2024, it is unlikely that Shacari Richardson will beat anyone on the Women 100M podium in Tokyo Olympics 2021. She can keep dreaming. Fans do not see Shacari Richardson winning a 200M on the world stage. Elaine Thompson – Herah, Gabby Thomas, and Christine Mboma will deny her the opportunity to be at the top of any Podium. Fans believe that Natasha Morrison might be ready to step forward. With some Positive vibration, she could be the next Burning Spear.

For now, let us move forward to World Athletic Championships – 2022. Philippines Athletes are encouraged by the performances of Hidilyn Diaz and EJ OBIENA. Pinoys expect their good fortunes to continue.

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PHILIPPINES PERFORMANCE TOKYO OLYMPICS – 2021

Philippines Athletes had a successful Olympics in Tokyo. Getting a Gold medal is a big deal when the reality is some Countries did not get a Medal of any color. Compared to the Jamaicans who had to travel from the Caribbean Sea, the Philippines Team traveled up the Geographical Road to Japan. Each Philippines Athlete felt that 2021 was the year at least one Kababayan would win an Olympic Gold Medal. In Tokyo, Kababayans feel a sense of Home Field advantage.

Philippines Athletes worked hard to develop their individual talents and despite not being as good as Jamaicans on the Track or as Americans in the Pool, they exhibited the Pride of the Philippines and discovered a Burning Spear.

Fans searched Gymnastics, Track and Field, Swimming, and Boxing events for that Burning Spear but without success. Simultaneously Fans began to pay attention to the approach and performance of Hidilyn Diaz in the Weight Lifting event. Hidilyn Diaz in the 55kg weightlifting event was an Athlete ready to step forward and be the Philippines first Olympic Gold Medalist.  

Hidilyn Diaz, competing on the World Stage since 2007 and winning a Silver medal in Rio 2016, was ready to be an Olympic Gold Medalist. She was determined to give every Kilogram of effort to accomplish her Goal. She withstood the PRESSURE from competitors to attain victory. Her performance was exemplary and a model for all Philippines Athletes to copy regardless of Athletic focus.

Hidilyn Diaz, would not be denied Olympic Gold even it meant Lifting the entire day and if necessary the rest of the week. She was not in a rush to have Dinner or Baboy (Pork), until she won her unique Gold Medal.

The Philippines Olympic Gold Medal drought is over. Moving Forward we anticipate competitive Performances from James Deiparine, Kristina Marie Knott, Carlo Paalam, and Carlos Yulo in the SEA Games and Olympics 2024.

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