It's Harry 's Turn

Posted by Abdel Kadz on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 with 3 comments
After our Olympic gold hopefuls battled it out in their respective disciplines and failed one after another (our taekwando athletes are yet to prove themselves next week), it's Harry Tanamor's turn to catch one of these elusive medals.

I'm rooting for this guy to win his first bout against Manyo Plange of Ghana tonight (around 8:15) in what is the most anticipated fight for the Filipinos since the Games were kicked off last 080808. I'm rooting for him not only because he is a Filipino but because he hails from my hometown too, Zamboanga City. Hidilyn Diaz, also an Olympian for the current Games and a Zamboanguena, tried but failed like the rest, but she was able to score a personal best and a record for the country.

Pinoy athletes make great strides in only a few sports: bowling, billiards, and boxing. Is it too much to say that we're asking Tanamor to step up to the plate? I believe he'll fare well. In the World Championships held in Chicago, Illinois last year, our bet placed second compared to the 33-seeded boxer from Ghana. If there's any moral bolstering that we need, let the Sports Illustrated Olympic preview speak for itself. According to the magazine, he is the only Filipino Olympian predicted to bring home a medal. In what make it would be, we're left on the tenterhooks as the Games unfold.

Go Harry!
Photo from the Official Website of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.