Day 5 in Beijing and we’re back to smog in the city. I made a mistake in my previous update and missed one athlete vying today. Four athletes will see action today namely Mark Javier (Archery), Harry Tanamor (Boxing), Miguel Molina and Christel Simms (Swimming).
As we end the day, it’s a sad day for Team Philippines. Mark Javier lost 102 to 106 against Kuo Cheng Wei of Chinese Taipei this afternoon in the first knockout stage. Christel Simms placed 4th out of 7 swimmers in Heat #2 of the 100m freestyle clocking in 56.67 seconds. Best time from all the heats is 53.60 seconds.
Miguel Molina’s 200m individual medley. He swam in Heat 2 and placed 2nd out of 7 swimmers clocking in at 2:01.61 seconds. Harry Tanamor‘s match against Ghana ended with the other boxer winning by 6 to 3.
Tomorrow, there will only be one swimmer competing. Daniel Coakley in the 50m freestyle at 6:49pm. On Friday, our taekwondo jins will arrive in Beijing for their competition on the 20th & the 22nd.
In other Olympic action.. Phelps won his 5th gold today and is on track to win 8 gold in the 8 events which he would be competing. He’s taking a rest tomorrow on the medal standing and will be back on Friday. The Chinese women’s gymnastic team took the gold away from the US who won in Athens. Cuba defeated 2004 gold medalist women’s volleyball team China in their preliminary games with a score of 3-2.