Dreaming of gold
SPORTS EYE - Raffy Uytiepo (The Freeman) - October 9, 2017 - 4:00pm

Who doesn’t want gold? King Midas was crazy about gold and so was Auric Goldfinger who even painted gold, a girl who betrayed him.  Well, here’s another guy who’s been dreaming of gold for a long time.  Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president  Peping Cojuangco stunned the sports  community when he boldly predicted that the Philippines will win its first gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but the unbelievable prediction is that it’s not one but five gilts.  Some of his critics believe Peping “Na ulianin (senile) na” for issuing that statement.  Could it be his alibi to hide the embarrassment the Philippines got in the last Kuala Lumpur Sea Games where the country plummeted to its worst finish.  But do you think we could finally win the gold in Tokyo?  Now some people are asking what are the probable events where we could win a gold.  In the past, boxing was our best chance.  Anthony Villanueva and Onyok Velasco almost did it in Tokyo and Atlanta respectively.  But don’t despair,Peping’s dream might also come true as the Tokyo organizers  are adding new sports like surfing, rock climbing, skateboarding, karate while restoring baseball and softball.  Basin makatsamba ang pinoy sa kining mga events”.  It took Hildilyn Diaz to win a medal after 20 years and  it was just a lucky break.  But as I said dreams come true unless the dreamer is awake. “Lisod pukawon ang tulog nga nakamata”.

Gold turned to stone

What was perceived as a won game turned into a loss.  That was the strange twist in last Sunday’s duel between arch rivals La Salle and Ateneo in the UAAP season 80.  La Salle was leading 75-74 with 7.1 seconds remaining when Matt Nieto forced a turnover on the inbound play for Andrei Caracut.  Nieto was fouled by Kib Montalbo who sank the bonus shots.  To recall, Nieto missed several free throws last year as the Eagles bow to the Green Archers.  Ateneo went on to win 76-75.  What a heartache!

Did you know?

The long-running London Marathon was planned in a pub and launched over lunch on March 29, 1981.  In the first staging of the marathon, the women’s race was combined with the men’s (There’s no separate division).  Joyce Smith 43, clocked 2:29:57 to become the first female finisher ( she placed 139th overall of the 7,055 starters.)

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