Sports shooter Jayson Valdez became the third Filipino to bow out of Olympic medal contention as he landed at 44th place in the men’s 10 m. air rifle event Sunday at Camp Asaka in Tokyo.
Valdez managed to score only 612.6 points, which is the fourth lowest mark in the qualifying round.
Reigning world champion Yang Haoran of China lorded the round with 632.7 points, followed by Americans Lucas Kozeniesky and William Shaner.
Valdez qualified for the Olympics by earning the minimum qualifying points at the 2019 ISSF World Cup series and the 2018 Asian Championship.
His only international medal was a bronze at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.
Earlier today, rower Cris Nievarez failed to advance to the semifinals in men’s single sculls rowing, placing fifth of six rowers in the quarterfinal race 4.
Yesterday, taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa crashed out of medal contention, losing his Round of 16 match versus Jang Jun of Korea.
This leaves 16 Filipinos still in contention in the 2020 Olympics.
Pinay boxers Nesthy Petecio and Irish Magno have won their opening bouts while gymnast Carlos Yulo, despite an erratic floor exercise performance, made it to the vault apparatus finals by placing 6th in the qualifying round last night.
Team Philippines will plunge in a big day of competition tomorrow as Rio silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz will compete in the 55 kg. weightlifting competition at 6:50 PM.
At 11:30 AM that day, Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal will compete in the women’s street competition in skateboarding.
Both of tomorrow’s weightlifting and skateboarding events are medal rounds.
Boxer Carlo Paalam will debut at 11 AM in the men’s flyweight division versus Brendan Irvine of Ireland while Petecio will continue in the Round of 16 of the women’s featherweight division versus Lin Yu-Ting of Taiwan in a battle of world champions.