MANILA, Philippines – Of the 11 Filipino athletes taking part in the 2012 Olympic Games, it is light-flyweight boxer Mark Anthony Barriga who is perceived to have the best chance of winning a medal for the Philippines.
|Edgar and Mellita Barriga, parents of Olympic boxer Mark Anthony Barriga.
All eyes will be on Barriga, the shortest fighter in his division, who will come in as the underdog against the taller Manuel Cappai.
The fight is set up at 2:30 in the afternoon in London, or 9:30 p.m. in Manila.
Barriga's parents arrived in London yesterday to lend support for their son. It will be their first time to watch Barriga compete, and their trip was sponsored by Proctor & Gamble as part of their program of bringing athletes’ moms to London so they can watch their children at the Olympics.
Barriga's father, Edgar, hopes that his son will not suffer an injury, while his mother, Mellita, is appealing to Filipinos to pray for her son.
"Sana manalo siya, kasi ambisyon niya 'yung manalo siya sa Olympics at makapaglaro siya sa Olympics. Ngayon natuloy, sana manalo siya," Edgar said.
Mellita, meanwhile, said she hopes her son will at least get a bronze medal.
"Ang masasabi ko kay Mark, magdasal na lang siya ng maigi at galingan niya sa laro niya," she added.
Earlier, Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz bowed out of the Games after coming up short in the women’s 58-kg event.
Diaz failed to lift 118-kg in the clean and jerk after lifting 97-kg in the snatch. – Report from Danny Buenafe, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau