Olympics: Filipino Olympians Hope To End Country’s 84-Year Gold Medal Drought

MANILA : Two Filipino Olympic veterans are hoping to finally end the Philippines’ 84-year gold medal drought in the Beijing Olympics.

Fresh from their two-month training in Korea, Filipino taekwondo jins Tshomlee Go and Marie Antoinette Rivero are raring to kick up a storm in the upcoming Beijing Games.

Although both athletes failed to land a medal in the Athens Olympics four years ago, they are confident that this time, they will be able to finally bring home the elusive gold medal for the country.

The dynamic duo believes they are now ready to take down any opponent.

“We’re in very good condition now. We’re already ready for a match. It’s my dream to win the first gold for our country,” said Go, Philippine Taekwondo Team.

Fellow team member Rivero agreed: “In the Olympics, what matters is who really wants to win. We have the killer instincts.”

With the absence of Chinese and Korean challengers in their weight category, Go and Rivero’s coach thinks a gold medal is finally within reach.

Go will be competing in the flyweight category, while 20-year-old Rivero will be fighting in the women’s welterweight category.

Rocky Samson, head coach of the Philippine Taekwondo Team, said: “What is also good right now is that we already know the players in their respective categories so we are able to prepare well for their fights.

“They are focused on doing their best and getting the gold… That is the only thing that we are thinking right now.”

The Philippine Sports Commission allotted more than US$666,000, its biggest budget so far, for the international training and exposure of the 15 Filipino athletes vying for the country’s first gold medal. – CNA /ls

Channel News Asia

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