It’s Day 4 in Beijing and the weather is perfect for sightseeing and outdoor sports. Tourist should be cautious as one American was already stabbed to death last Saturday at the Drum Tower. As for our athletes, only Miguel Molina was seen in action today at 7:28pm at the Water Cube.
Molina swam in the 2nd heat of the 200m breaststroke preliminaries. He clocked in at 2:16.94 to finish 6th on his heat. He wasn’t able to match his personal best of 2:16.62 which he registered in the Janet Evans International Invitational last July in California. There goes his dream but he’ll get another chance tomorrow in the 200m individual medley preliminaries.
So for a recap, out of the 15 athletes, three already are out of the medal running. Tomorrow will be a big day as four athletes will see action most importantly Harry Tanamor’s match against Plange at 8:15pm (not 8:45pm as previously announced).
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On my previous blog, I’ve posted the schedule for Harry Tanamor of Boxing. On this one, I’ll give you a recap of the athletes who’ve already competed and their outcome then the remaining athletes’ schedules.
In Day 3 of the Beijing Olympics, four of our athletes have already competed. Three of them bombed out while the other one has to compete on the knockout stages. Eric Ang of Trap Shooting competed in Day 1 & 2 ended up dead last in a field of 35. First-timer Hidilyn Diaz competed today in weightlifting under 58kg category and placed 11 out of 12 athletes. She was able to lift 85 kg in the snatch and 107 in the clean & jerk category.
James Walsh competed this evening in heat #2 of the 200m butterfly and finished first in his heats clocking 1:59.39. This time wasn’t enough to move on to the semifinal round. Mark Javier of Archery competed in Day 1 for the preliminaries and got an aggregate score of 654 to placed 36 in a field of 64. He will move on to the knockout stage against Kuo Cheng Wei of Chinese-Taipei on August 13, 3:30pm.
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:
Marco’s sister Bambi and her husband John arrived in Beijing yesterday and to welcome them, we had dinner in Wangfujing. As a shopping spot in BJ, we enjoyed browsing at the different stores in the walking street. In one of the several malls along the street, we found a Crocs store.
Bambi was gushing how the price of Crocs in Beijing is cheaper than in Manila and the US. (*hint* buy it here!) The sales lady approached us and said, they have a limited edition Crocs which supports the Chinese team in the Olympics. The price is half of the regular ones and the color is a nice blend of red and yellow (Chinese flag colors).
So, we all tried it out to find our sizes. They didn’t have a S and the XS was too tight with my foot. I came out empty-handed but John bought one for himself and two of his kids. Marco, on the other hand, bought a pair of Crocs which are on sale and came out wearing it as he said it’s too comfortable.
I went to another Crocs store today to buy one for myself, my sister, my dad and for Bambi. 🙂 She said the whole family will be wearing the same Crocs. Hehehe! As for that store, they still have the complete range of sizes for this edition. So.. what are you waiting for? Grab one for yourself. If you want I can grab one for you for my friend to bring back home.
It’s been quite hectic for me lately as I’m involved with the Olympics and with 1 day left, I’m glad I have a rest as they’re doing some last minute security sweep of the entire stadium. I hope there will be blue skies tomorrow as it’s still gray today. It’s quite depressing actually when everyone should be rejoicing already.
As summer is about to end and fall is about to arrive, I’ll be back with my routine of downloading the latest episodes of my favorite US TV shows. If I don’t download them, I’ll go crazy watching those Chinese sitcoms which I don’t even understand.
To start the fall schedule, Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows will be back to attempt and destroy the Company in Prison Break’s season 4 on September 1. This will be followed by the sarcastic and drug-dependent House MD on September 16. On September 22, the cheerleader and the crew will be back in Heroes. We would also find out whether Lt. Horatio Caine is dead or not in CSI:Miami.
On September 24, Detective Mac Taylor and his CSI’s will be back solving crimes in New York City and on the 25th, we shall see whether Betty followed Henry or Gio. Season 13 of Amazing Race will kick off on September 28 and Grissom and his team will solve the murder of Warrick on October 9.
My two other favorite shows, Cashmere Mafia and Medium have yet to released their fall dates. I hope it will be sooner and not during mid-season which will be in January. Happy watching everyone!