MANILA, Philippines — Philippine sport has seen another successful year in 2022 as Filipino athletes continue to shine in the international arena and reach new heights with moments of victory and triumphs. record-breaking feat.
After a wildly successful year in 2021, when Hidilyn Diaz brought home the country’s first gold medal at the Olympics, Filipino athletes continue to thrive on the international stage and continue to bring pride. pride and glory for the country.
Inquirer Sports has listed Top 7 Filipinos who brought the best Philippine sports moments of 2022.
7. Carlo Paalam’s Crazy Return
It could be a rough year for Philippine boxing as Nonito Donaire Jr, Mark Magsayo, Jerwin Ancajas and John Riel Casimero lose their titles and Manny Pacquiao hangs up his gloves in the run-up to the presidential race.
But Carlo Paalam continued to rise to stardom as he take home a gold in the bantamweight division of the ASBC Asian Elite Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championships.
The 24-year-old Filipino boxer defeated top seed Makhmud Sabyrkhan of Kazakhstan in the final by split decision, 4-1, to dominate the division.
Paalam shows no signs of slowing down even winning a historic silver medal in the men’s flyweight boxing of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Young Olympic Athletes missed the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam but he has had a spectacular comeback in the Asian arena.
The success of Bukidnon native Takalag shows that the future of Filipino boxing is very bright despite being one of the sport’s few silver coins in 2022.
6. Female Warrior: Junna Tsukii, Meggie Ochoa, Kimberly Anne Custodio
It’s been a year for Junna Tsukii, Meggie Ochoa and other female Filipino boxers.
After missing the Olympics last year and winning a silver medal at the Asian Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tsukii vowed to come back stronger this 2022.
Philippine-Japanese Karateka has fulfilled its promise as she won the gold medal in the women’s under 50kg Kumite at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama in July.
Tsukii also won a bronze medal in Team Kumite at the Hanoi SEA Games in May.
Ochoa also increases chances for Philippine jiu-jitsu team when she rules adults -48 kg of women category in the 2022 JJIF World Championships in the United Arab Emirates last November.
Her teammates, Kimberly Anne Collection also won gold in the women’s -45kg category.
Ochoa also won a gold medal at the SEA Games alongside Annie Ramirez, who dominated her weight class and took home another gold medal last May.
5. No world title, no problem for Caloy Yulo
Carlos Yulo was dethroned at the world championship but he still has his winning moments in 2022.
Yulo was rejected in an attempt to maintain her world title after settlement for silver in vault and copper in parallel bars during the 51st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships last November in Liverpool, UK.
The 22-year-old gymnast dominated the Asian stage after winning 3 gold medals in this event. 9th Asian Senior Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Qatar last June.
Yulo, who is aiming for another run at the Olympics in Paris, also dominated the floor exercise of the 55th All Japan Senior Championships last August.
The 4 foot 11 prodigy had another great SEA Games after bringing home five gold and two silver medals to surpass his previous record of two golds and five silvers in the biennial meeting three years ago in Manila.
4. Alex Eala’s Year of History
Alex Eala, 17, continues to reach new heights and shows maturity after many years after a busy 2022.
Her actions in professional tournaments took the young tennis player’s game to the next level as she became a First Filipino to win a Grand Slam singlesdominated the US Open junior title last September.
Her US Open championship helped Eala earn the best ranking of her career at 214th in the second professional circuit championship in the first leg of W25 Chiang Rai last April.
While her third International Tennis Federation (ITF) title has been elusive in some of the tournaments she has been in, it has certainly paid off as she continues to push through. its potential.
Academy scholar Rafael Nadal, daughter of Rizza Maniego, a former member of the national swimming team, also made a convincing SEA Games debut with three bronze medals from the singles, mixed doubles and team events in Hanoi, Vietnam last May.
Eala has no plans to slow down when she makes her professional Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open 2023.
3. EJ Obienna
It’s been a turbulent year for EJ Obiena but that doesn’t stop him from making a leap of faith in 2022.
Despite the ugly rift with the Philippine Athletics and Athletics Association that was later resolved, Obiena had a successful year, winning gold medal after gold.
The 27-year-old pole vaulter won a total of 17 medals with 12 golds including his rare win over world number 1 Mondo Duplantis in the Diamond League in Brussels, two silver and three bronze medals.
But Obiena’s greatest achievement is bronze medal during the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA this past July.
The 6-foot-2 athlete set an Asian record at 5.94 meters and became the continent’s first pole vaulter to step onto the podium at the world championships.
Obiena is also soaring World ranking in 3rd place.
He also protects himself SEA Games crown with a record leap in Hanoi, Vietnam this past May.
2. Year of the Filipinos
2022 is the year of the Filipino people.
The Philippine women’s soccer team kicks off the historic year pre-booked the country’s first ever Fifa World Cup in a dramatic way.
The Philippines team has secured tickets to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after reaching the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Women’s Football Championship with a dramatic 4-3 victory on penalties before Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals last January in Pune, India.
The team coached by Alen Stajcic was still hungry after qualifying when he landed First time on the SEA Games podium after 37 years, won bronze with a 2-1 upstream win over Myanmar last May in Vietnam.
The Filipinas also became queens of the region after their rule 2022 Southeast Asian Women’s Football Championship with a 3-0 victory over Thailand in the final in front of 8,000 fans at Rizal Memorial Stadium in July.
From winning a spot in the Fifa World Cup, winning a historic bronze medal at the SEA Games, to dominating a major tournament, the national women’s soccer team has been relentlessly preparing for the 2023 World Cup with several training camps. practice and make friends abroad.
The Philippines team will make their historic Fifa World Cup debut in Group A alongside New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland starting in July 2023.
1. Hidilyn Diaz: From Olympic Gold Medal to World Champion
The best Filipino athlete of 2022 is Hidilyn Diaz as she continues to add gold to her collection a year after winning historic Olympic gold in Tokyo.
Diaz starts the year with defending the SEA Games crown last month.
The 31-year-old weightlifter lifted a total of 206kg – 92kg in the jerk and 114kg in the jerk – to win his second consecutive SEA Games gold after winning the same event. self in the 2019 version in Manila.
Diaz finally added the World Weightlifting Championship crown to her trophy room after winning three gold medals in Bogota, Colombia.
WORLD CHAMPIONS 👑Hidilyn Diaz dominates SNATCH (93kg), CLEAN & JERK (114kg) and TOTAL (207kg) in the women’s 55kg, winning all three gold medals at the World Weightlifting Championships!📹: Federation of Nominees! international weights
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She lifted a total of 207kg to beat Rosalba Morales of Colombia and Ana Gabriela Lopez of Mexico when she finally won the missing piece in her gold medal collection.
In addition to sports achievements, Diaz is also married to Her trainer and longtime partner Julius Naranjo in Baguio last July — exactly one year after she won the historic Tokyo Olympics gold medal.
This past August 7, Diaz took to Instagram, revealing that they have postponed their honeymoon in preparation for the run at the 2024 Paris Olympics, which will be her ‘last lift’.
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