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PHL, Thailand going head-to-head

- Jun Lomibao

TOkyo—thanks to Hidilyn Diaz’s gold medal in weightlift­ing, the Philippine­s stood head-and-shoulder with Thailand on the medal tally board five days into the Tokyo Olympics.

The Philippine­s and Thailand are locked with five other countries which have so far won one gold medal each in the Games that aren’t halfway through yet but with the China, host Japan and the US jostling for the top three positions.

Panipak Wongpattan­akit topped taekwondo’s women’s -49 kgs class to keep the Thais at par with the Filipino athletes, who are already guaranteed of a bronze medal following Nesthy Petecio’s entry to boxing’s women’s featherwei­ght semifinals.

Indonesia was the only other Southeast Asian country on the medal tally board with one silver— Eko Yuli Irawan (men’s 61 kgs)— and one bronze—windy Cantika Aisah (women’s 49 kgs), both in weightlift­ing.

Thailand is the most successful among the Southeast Asian countries in the Olympics with 10 gold, eight silver and 16 bronze medals, followed by Indonesia with 7-14-13 (gold-silver-bronze) and the Philippine­s with 1-3-7.

As of late afternoon on Wednesday, China led the medals table with 11-5-8, followed by Japan with 11-4-5 and the US with 10-11-9. The Russian Olympic Committee was next with 7-8-4 and Australia with 6-1-8.

All but one of the 206 member countries—north Korea opted to skip the Games—are in Tokyo, with athletes from Russia, currently suspended by the Internatio­nal Olympic Committee for systematic doping, competing under the

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 ??  ?? SLOVENIA’S Primoz Roglic pedals to the men’s individual time trial gold medal of cycling at the Tokyo Olympics in Oyama, Japan, on Wednesday. Roglic clocks 55 minutes and 4.19 seconds in winning the 44.2-kilometer race with Dutch Tom Dumoulin (1:01.39 behind) clinching silver and Australian Dennis Rohan (1:03.90) bagging bronze.
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SLOVENIA’S Primoz Roglic pedals to the men’s individual time trial gold medal of cycling at the Tokyo Olympics in Oyama, Japan, on Wednesday. Roglic clocks 55 minutes and 4.19 seconds in winning the 44.2-kilometer race with Dutch Tom Dumoulin (1:01.39 behind) clinching silver and Australian Dennis Rohan (1:03.90) bagging bronze. AP

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