Tokyo—If we are to believe the medal projections of website https://olympicmedalspredictions.com, the Philippines stands to win two gold medals, a silver and a bronze in the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio are the projected gold winners for the Philippines, with boxer Eumir Marcial bagging a silver medal and weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz earning a bronze.
The website’s forecasts are in sync with the projections of Philippine Olympic Committee president Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino and Philippine Sports Commission chairman William “Butch” Ramirez of multiple medals in the Olympics from what is probably the strongest, most prepared Philippine delegation ever.
“This (2 golds) maybe correct, and it can be 2 silvers and 2 bronze medals, too,” said Tolentino as he prepares to leave Manila for Tokyo on Thursday.
“Naniniwala akong may medalya tayo sa Tokyo Olympics. Malamang meron tayong gold, silver at bronze medal kasi mayron din tayong mga baguhan na puwedeng gumawa ng surprises,” seconded Ramirez.
The Philippines’ projected 2-1-1 gold-silver-bronze finish will be its best ever in the quadrennial meet since the country took part in the Olympics in 1924. It will also crown the Philippines as the most successful Southeast Asian nation in the Tokyo Olympics, beating its rivals Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Thailand, which has long been a sports power, at least in the Southeast Asian, is expected to win just a lone gold courtesy of taekwondo jin Panipak Wongpattanakit, to go with the silver of its mixed team in badminton.
Indonesia, on the other hand, is anticipated to win a gold in the badminton doubles, a silver in weightlifting courtesy of Eko Yuli Irawan and a broze in mixed badminton.
Malaysia isn’t expected to win a gold, but will have two silver medals from archer Khairul Anuar Mohamad and from diving.
Singapore and Vietnam won’t bag any medals, while Brunei, Laos, Cambodia and Timor-Leste are not even listed.
The same website predicts the United States to win the overall Olympic title with 50 golds, 29 silvers and 29 bronze medals, followed by China (42-33-17), Russia (27-25-18), Great Britain (21-13-21) and host Japan (16-21-15-52).
The rest of the Top 10 includes Australia (15-16-14), Germany (15-3-22), Netherlands (10-14-7), France (10-6-18) and Hungary (8-5-3).
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