Embattled PH contingent dwindles to three
Bicycle motocross (BMX) rider Daniel Caluag, long jumper Marestella Torres and 5,000-meter runner Rene Herrera now shoulder the hopes of a nation still dreaming of a medal at the quadrennial Games.
Barriga, fagged out at the end of what looked like a wrestling match, lost a disputed 17-16 decision to Kazakhstan’s Birzhan Zhakypov in their light flyweight bout at ExCel Arena Saturday afternoon (evening in Manila) and crashed out of the Games (See story on A30).
The defeat stunned the PH delegation here and prompted boxing officials to file a protest before the tournament’s jury of appeal. Emboldened by the successful result of a similar appeal lodged by the United States boxing team against an Indian winner, the PH team sought to nullify the 2 points assessed on Barriga for ducking over what is said was insufficient caution.