FOLAYANG BITES HIS WELL-EARNED SILVER MEDAL; HE EARLIER BESTED HIS KYRGYZ OPPONENT ON HIS WAY TO THE FINALS.
Igorot wushu athlete Eduard Ayangwa Folayang bagged a silver medal during the soon-to-be-concluded 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. Folayang, who we earlier included in the 8th installment of The List, bested his opponents from Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Iran on his way to the finals. Unfortunately, he was up against a Chinese athlete in the final round and so had to settle for silver. The Chinese invented wushu so its kind of hard to beat the masters in their own game. But, who knows, maybe China will include wushu as an official sport in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and maybe Folayang will beat his Chinese opponent (in China at that) and win the ever elusive first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines. We can dream, can’t we? Ha ha. For the record, Folayang bagged a bronze medal in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.
Other Igorots who participated in the Asian Games are (from left): Estie Gay Liwanen (judo), Rexel Nganhayna (wushu), and Dick Takiban (body-building). They were not as successful as Folayang but there is always another day and another competition. Nganhayna, by the way, won a silver medal in the 2002 Busan Asian Games.
Photos courtesy of: Doha Asian Games site and the Unofficial Asian Games Blog.