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Harry Tañamor’s Olympic Dream Ends

August 14, 2008

This excerpt from sportswriter Ding Marcelo’s dispatch from Beijing tells the story:

“Harry Tañamor could not find the words to describe how he felt. He just cried – and that said it all.

Minutes after he lost a one-sided encounter against an African champion whom his handlers had practically dismissed as a nobody, Tañamor was wiping away tears, shaking his head, looking at the floor and could not fathom what had happened.

“Wala akong puntos kahit sa tingin ko tumama ako,” he said, his Olympic Games medal bid in tatters and his future uncertain.

Defeated boxers always say that. But sad to say, Tañamor was simply outfought and outfoxed by an intelligent boxer who came into the ring with a strategy and followed it to the letter.

Ghana’s Manyo Plange gave Tañamor a lesson in boxing and Filipino officials a lesson in preparation as he worked around a defense that left the Filipino medal hope and his coach perplexed and dumbfounded.”

It was a 6-3 point loss suffered by Harry who said he was puzzled why the judges did not credit his left uppercuts against his opponent from Ghana. But the Filipino did dissapoint, with other reports describing his performance as “listless.”

So the dream for Olypic greatness ends for Harry.

The question for the army soldier from Zamboanga now is if he will turn pro and hone is skills to fight another day and earn the recogtion that eluded him in Beijing or if he will prematurely disappear into obscurity. Harry needs to find his fighting heart, again.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2008 9:12 am

    That’s a lesson learned: don’t under estimate your opponent. No matter how good you think you are, always think of it as your last fight!
    Unfortunately Harry didn’t have that mentality and I’m sorry to say that maybe his efforts weren’t good enough against the African fighter.
    Even though he has been eliminated in the first round, Pinoys from all over the world are proud that you made it that far! Keep your head up!

  2. Beb permalink
    August 15, 2008 10:33 am

    Why do our Sports officials keep on singing the same song every Olympics. The promise of gold, then the almost prophetic failure followed by the scripted “we accept the loss.” We cannot blame the athletes they are only pawns of buffoons that have nothing better to do.
    Except for swimming and weightlifting can we please keep our feet planted firmly on the ground? We don’t mind not winning. Qualifying into the Olympics is honor enough. With the pittance that is called support and rundown facilities that we let our athletes train in. They have won gold by just qualifying!
    Most of the Philippine sport officialdom should get a reality check!

  3. Bryan permalink
    August 19, 2008 11:58 am

    I was there with the whole “tropa” plus a few other pinoys who all flocked to where we were sitting… we were shouting our lungs and larynxes out but sad to say… wala, nada, kaput… not enough vitamins… like his blood sugar was low or something (more rice, Harry!).

  4. Karen permalink
    August 20, 2008 8:47 am

    Congrats for making it that far, Harry! There’s nothing to be ashamed of. Chene pa se otro huego, otro medalyo para kuntigo gayod!

    We should all learn from the defeats and losses in life. ’til your next fight, Harry! prac, prac, prac! 🙂

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