I met Harry for the first time during the luncheon meeting hosted by Pres. Arroyo at the Asia Hotel in Beijing. My first impression of him was he’s a simple, humble man who doesn’t like attention and respects people. He has muscles which any man could envy but he looks so slim that a wind might blow him away. Well, what do you expect from someone competing in light flyweight division. They all can’t be more than 48 kg.
As for their group, there are 29 boxers and preliminaries will start on the 13th of August. 3 boxers drew bye and won’t see action till the 16th. For Harry, should he win all his matches, his schedule will be like this:
13 August 19:00 to 22:30 – We will see Harry in action against Manyo Plange of Ghana at 815pm (moved from 845pm). Outcome.. Harry lost 3 to 6 against Ghana.. 😦
16 August 19:00 to 22:00 – Harry’s match would be the last one (Bout 191) for the light flyweight division for that day and is expected to start at 845pm against either Redouane Bouchtouk of Morocco or Paulo Carvalho of Brazil. [Note: I’ll be watching this match]
19 August 19:00 to 22:00 – Harry’s match would be the 4th (Bout 223) which is expected to start at 7:46pm against either Georgiy Chygayev (Ukraine) / David Ayrapetyan (Russia) or G Yampier Hernandez (Cuba) / Sherali Dostiev (Tajikstan).
22 August 19:00 to 22:00 – Harry’s match would be the 2nd (Bout 251) which is expected to start at 7:16pm against the winner of [Winston Montero (Dominican Republic) / Suleiman Wanjau Bilali (Kenya)] vs [Amnat Ruenroeng (Thailand) / Jack Willie (Papua New Guinea)] vs [J Serdamba Purevdor (Mongolia) / Ronald Serugo (Uganda) vs Jose Kelvin De la Nieve (Spain) / Luis Yanez (USA)].
24 August 13:30 to 17:00 – Harry’s match would be the 1st (Bout 267) which is expected to start at 1:30pm against the winner of Group A of which the heavy favourite is Zou Shiming of China.
It will be a difficult climb to the top. Harry will need our prayers and support as well as hope that his stronger competitors will be eliminated in the early rounds. So, let’s support our kababayan, Harry Tanamor! I hope that he can end our gold medal drought!