Yuka’s newest feat bolsters PH golden hope

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: Yuka Saso of the Philippines celebrates with the Harton S. Semple Trophy after successful the 76th U.S. Ladies’s Open Championship at The Olympic Membership on June 06, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Saso received following a three-hole playoff towards Nasa Hataoka of Japan. Ezra Shaw/Getty Photographs/AFP (Photograph by EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Photographs by way of AFP)

The likelihood of clinching that slippery first gold medal within the coming Olympics simply obtained greater for Group Philippines.

Elated with {golfing} ace Yuka Saso’s triumph within the current US Open, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham “Bambol’’ Tolentino stated the probability of extra Filipino athletes nailing that gold medal within the Tokyo Summer time Video games has turn into higher.

“Her (Saso) confidence stage has undoubtedly gone up and that shall be her benefit within the Olympics,’’ stated Tolentino on Tuesday after the POC Common Meeting at East Ocean Palace in Paranaque Metropolis.

“Yuka’s feat simply added extra probabilities for us to lastly win a gold,’’ added the Cavite consultant and PhilCycling president.

Aside from Saso, the POC is likewise banking on fellow golfer Bianca Pagdanganan, world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo, boxer Nesthy Petecio and Eumir Marcial, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and pole vaulter EJ Obiena to drag off the historic golden milestone.

Bones Floro, secretary common of the Nationwide Golf Affiliation of the Philippines, has assured that Saso and Pagdanganan shall be within the Tokyo Video games along with male golfer Juvic Pagunsan.

“There are only some tournaments left earlier than the cutoff and their rankings are nearly secured. We simply can’t announce it formally but,’’ stated Floro.

Saso’s US Open feat propelled the 19-year-old Asian Video games champion to ninth place on the earth Olympic Golf Rankings.

Pagdanganan is ranked forty second and Pagunsan 51st within the males’s rankings, the place the highest 60 in each divisions will qualify to the Olympics set to be introduced by the Worldwide Golf Federation on June 22.

“Even earlier than this US Open win of hers (Saso), we all the time knew {that a} medal (within the Olympics) is inside attain, if not gold,’’ stated Floro.

“I can say the identical for Bianca. They’re each able to a podium end for certain,’’ he added. INQ

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