Philippines at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Philippines at the Olympic Games
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IOC code: PHI
NOC: Philippine Olympic Committee
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The Philippines competed in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games <ref>POC Schedule of Activities</ref> in Beijing, China from August 8, 2008 to August 24, 2008.

Opening ceremonies took place on August 8, 2008 at 8:00 in the evening. Boxing star Manny Pacquiao bore the Philippine flag during the event, while Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo watched from the stands<ref>Henson, Manny deserves Olympic honor, says Monico, 2008.</ref>.

The Philippines sent 15 delegates to the Summer Olympics, who participated in eight sports: archery, athletics, boxing, diving, shooting, swimming, weightlifting and taekwondo<ref>Team RP ready for Beijing joust, 2008.</ref>. The first contingent of 11 athletes traveled to Beijing on August 5 while the remaining two went to China on August 11 to allow for further training in the Philippines<ref>Team Philippines leaves for Beijing in Batches, 2008.</ref>.



  1. Eric Ang (Shooting)
  2. Ryan Paolo Arabejo (Swimming)
  3. Daniel Zane Coakley (Swimming)
  4. Henry Dagmil (Athletics)
  5. Hidilyn Diaz (Weightlifting)
  6. Rexel Ryan Fabriga (Diving)
  7. Tshomlee Go (Taekwondo)
  8. Mark Javier (Archery)
  9. Miguel Molina (Swimming)
  10. Sheila Mae Perez (Diving)
  11. Marie Antoinette Rivero (Taekwondo)
  12. Christel Simms (Swimming)
  13. Marestella Torres (Athletics)
  14. Harry Tañamor (Boxing)
  15. JB Walsh (Swimming)

Record Achievements

  • JB Walsh became the first Southeast Asian swimmer to finish the 200-meter butterfly in under two minutes<ref>Walsh cracks barrier, 2008</ref>. He finished the relay in one minute and 59.39 seconds.
  • The Philippine wushu team got a gold, a silver and two bronze medals in Beijing. However, since wushu was only a demonstration game, their medals were not counted in the final tally. The wushu team had four members: Willy Wang (gold medal: two-event nanquan and nangun in men’s taolo), Mary Grace Estimar (silver: 52kg sanshou), Marian Mariano (bronze: 60kg sanshou) and Benjie Rivera (bronze: 56kg sanshou)<ref>Triumphant wushu team to be rewarded, 2008.</ref>.


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