Lariba loses, bows out of Rio Olympics

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 06, 2016 09:04 PM
Lariba loses, bows out of Rio Olympics
Lariba was the first among the 13-man Philippine delegation to see action in the 2016 Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO --- Flag-bearer and first time Olympian Ian Lariba fought hard, but fell to Xing Han of Congo, 11-7, 13-11, 11-9, 11-7 in the women's singles table tennis event at the Riocentro Convention Center on Saturday.

Ranked 297th in the world, Lariba gave a strong showing, but eventually was swept by the 125th ranked Xing.

The Cagayan de Oro native was the first among the 13-man Philippine delegation to see action in Rio.

Swimmer Jessie Khing Lacuna, who’s in his second straight Olympics, competes later in the day around noontime (past 12 midnight in the Philippines) the 400m freestyle at the Olympic Aquatic Center.

Lacuna, being coached by Archie Lim, will race his own race, and hope for the best, that his time of 3:55:34 or anything better than that will get him far.
At 6 p.m. (5 a.m. in the Philippines), boxer Charly Suarez climbs the ring against Great Britain’s Joseph Cordina in the preliminary rounds of the lightweight class. He’s eyeing a win that will push him two more shy of the semis and a medal finish.

Weightlifters Nestor Colonia (56 kg) and Hidilyn Diaz (53 kg) compete on Sunday.

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