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Philippines’ Ernest John Obiena reacts as he competes within the males’s pole vault ultimate in the course of the World Athletics Championships on the Nationwide Athletics Centre in Budapest on August 26, 2023. (Picture by Ben Stansall / AFP)

A lot of the optimism within the coming nineteenth Asian Video games in Hangzhou, China, rests on pole vault star EJ Obiena and Olympic medalist swimmer Kayla Noelle Sanchez.

The prospects of nabbing extra medals within the continental showpiece will hinge on what the remainder of the 396 Filipino athletes from 40 sports activities can ship.

Boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam, each of them Tokyo Olympics silver medalists, are favored to go deeper into the medal rounds in addition to middleweight Eumir Marcial, who made it to the bronze-medal platform of the earlier Olympiad.

Though golfer Yuka Saso gained’t be donning the nationwide colours any longer after her shift of allegiance to Japan, Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo and skateboarder Margielyn Didal stay within the dialog to recreate their previous triumphs.

Diaz-Naranjo gained the gold within the ladies’s 55 kilogram (kg) in Indonesia, however gained’t be in the identical weight class that she dominated within the Olympics after going as much as 59kg. Didal, in the meantime, tries to retain her throne in ladies’s avenue.

“Our athletes are all decided to turn into the perfect of their respective occasions whatever the competitors. We’re assured they’ll ship,” mentioned Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino.

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