Paralympics: PH sends 9 athletes


The world’s top athletes with different types of disabilites converge at London from August 29 to September 9.  And the UK, being considered as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, a high profile Games is expected.

The Philippines sent nine (9) athletes to this Games, including four that will compete in athletics.  They are:

Burce is a double gold medalist in the 2011 ASEAN Paralympic Games

1. Marites Burce, who is confined to a wheelchair due to polio, will compete in the javelin, discuss and shotput;

Isidro at the 2008 Singapore Marathon where he competed in the half marathon and clocked 2:49:12.

2. Isidro Vildosola, a one armed runner, will compete in the 1,500m;

Andy Avellana will compete without prosthetics due to lack of funds

3. Andy Avellana, with only one leg, will compete in the high jump; and

Tapia will compete in the 100m and 200m dash

4. Roger Tapia, with only one arm, will compete in the 100m and 200m sprints.

The other athletes are: Josephine Medina(table tennis), Bea Roble (swimming), Jinkee Guion (powerlifting), Adeline Ancheta (powerlifting) and Agustin Kitan (powerlifting).

Goodluck to our athletes!

Photocredits: Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports, Rouelle Umali/Xinhua , Sherbien Dacalanio/Demotix Images

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