Olympic silver 'symbolic' of rise from poverty, says Filipino boxer Paalam

7/8/2021 2:34:00 PM

Olympic silver 'symbolic' of rise from poverty, says Filipino boxer Paalam

Olympic silver 'symbolic' of rise from poverty, says Filipino boxer Paalam

TOKYO: Philippine boxer Carlo Paalam lost his Olympic boxing final on Saturday (Aug 7) but said he still treasured his silver medal - because the recycled metal reminded him how far he has come since his days as a scavenger. The 23-year-old, who was vying to become the first Olympic boxing champion from th

TOKYO: Philippine boxer Carlo Paalam lost his Olympic boxing final on Saturday (Aug 7) but said he still treasured his silver medal - because the recycled metal reminded him how far he has come since his days as a scavenger.The 23-year-old, who was vying to become the first Olympic boxing champion from the Philippines, was edged out for flyweight gold by Britain's Galal Yafai.

But Paalam, who grew up in poverty and scavenged from a landfill site to earn money as a child, refused to be downcast."The silver medal symbolises what I went through because when I was a young boy, I was a scavenger and I collected junk and garbage," he said.

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LinkedIn TOKYO: Philippine boxer Carlo Paalam lost his Olympic boxing final on Saturday (Aug 7) but said he still treasured his silver medal - because the recycled metal reminded him how far he has come since his days as a scavenger.LinkedIn TOKYO: Japan's Mone Inami marked a great finish on Saturday (Aug 7) by winning the first ever medal in Olympic golf for her country.LinkedIn TOKYO: It is a moment seared into the collective consciousness of Filipinos.LinkedIn TOKYO : Galal Yafai won Britain's first boxing gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday after an impressive victory over Filipino Carlo Paalam in the men's flyweight final.

The 23-year-old, who was vying to become the first Olympic boxing champion from the Philippines, was edged out for flyweight gold by Britain's Galal Yafai. But Paalam, who grew up in poverty and scavenged from a landfill site to earn money as a child, refused to be downcast. Matsuyama wished Inami good luck, she said earlier. "The silver medal symbolises what I went through because when I was a young boy, I was a scavenger and I collected junk and garbage," he said. The daughter of a tricycle driver is now a history-maker. "I know this medal is made out of recycled materials, and I can identify with it because it is also made from waste material and garbage. She did not make the cut at the Women's British Open in 2020 and was ranked 54th at the U." The 28-year-old Yafai, a former car-factory worker, had the Filipino down in the first round of the scheduled three after an incisive three-punch combination. (Reporting by Martin Petty; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa) Source: Reuters.

Paalam was always playing catch-up after that against Yafai, whose two older brothers are both professional boxers. Women's Open 2020 "In Japan which is hosting Olympics, winning a medal as a Japanese, that's what I am most pleased about," Inami told reporters. Hold back the tears. That was the changing point, said Paalam, who has described himself as"a mere child of the streets". "If not for the knockdown, I could have made a fight of it, but credit to my opponent," he said. This is an honour in my life."I had a gameplan to pressure him, to cut the ring off and to trap him. She is their champion. "But I got hit by a solid shot and I tried to recover. During the final round at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, where she had golfed as a child for junior championships, Inami drew more supporters and applause than gold medallist Nelly Korda from the United States.

I got up and tried to make a fight of it but he had my number." Despite the disappointment for Paalam, the Philippines have enjoyed a breakthrough Games in the boxing ring, with Nesthy Petecio winning women's featherweight silver and Eumir Marcial taking men's middleweight bronze. They gave thumbs-up as Inami confirmed silver after a play-off with Lydia Ko from New Zealand. “I cannot believe it but that’s the reality,” Diaz told CNA from her hotel room in Manila where she was serving her quarantine. Catch the Olympics Games Tokyo 2020 LIVE with 14 dedicated channels on meWATCH. Sign in now at and get into the action with Mediacorp, Singapore’s Olympics Network. "Her short plays shone, and she managed herself. Source: AFP/jt . Thank You for giving me this opportunity.