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Teletigers set to compete with revamped Valorant roster

Over five months since its original inception, the Teletigers Esports Club’s Valorant roster will be entering a new season of collegiate eSports with a new look squad. 

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Over five months since its original inception, the Teletigers Esports Club’s Valorant roster will be entering a new season of collegiate eSports with a new look squad. 

In a Facebook post yesterday, Feb. 17, the Espana-based eSports club announced the arrival of Yuan “Goope” De Guzman, Carl “ShoXDart” Cunanan and Clarence “eNcesane” Palmos. 

The three new arrivals will also be replacing original members in TGR ShadowRazed, TGR Zllee and TGR Heize, who all stepped down for private reasons according to team captain Jude “Exia” Rabang. 

In an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb, Rabang mentioned the improvement of the roster, stating its potential to garner more accolades in the upcoming season. 

With the new additions I can see the team garnering a lot more achievements. As the captain, I can see the potential that this team has and it’s ability to take the top,” he said. 

Rabang also added the team’s ongoing preparations, which he remarked as another sign of the team’s potential. 

“Right now, I would say that we are doing good as we are doing scrimmages against top tier teams and playing a lot of games to improve ourselves. Compared to our last roster, I can say that the current team has a lot more potential and I can feel a lot more dedication to the game,” he added.

Despite the potential, however, the captain was also adamant about the lack of chemistry at first, which they were able to remedy eventually. 

“When the new additions to the team just started, I think that it is normal for the chemistry to be not that good,  but in time the team has started to link up together and I think right now we are now comfortable to play with each other,” he said.

Valorant is a free-to-play first person shooter game released by League of Legends developer Riot Games. While there are no solid numbers yet for the player count, it was noted that the game had nearly 3 million players active during its closed beta testing period. 

The Teletigers are set to compete once more next month, wherein their revamped roster will have their first taste of action in the collegiate leagues. 

 

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Obiena clinches finals berth in Olympic pole vaulting debut

Thomasian pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena continues his climb for an Olympic medal as he advances to the finals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, July 31. 

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Obiena in Internationales Stadionfes on February 5, 2021. Photo by: Tobias Schwarz, AFP

Thomasian pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena continues his climb for an Olympic medal as he advances to the finals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, July 31. 

Obiena finished as the 10th seed out of 30 competitors, which guaranteed him his finals spot. 

The former Thomasian started his day with two flawless finishes at the 5.50 and 5.65 meter marks. 

However, things weren’t so easy come to the 5.75 meter mark. 

Come the final stage of the qualifiers, the Filipino bet committed two fouls in his attempts to clear the highest mark of the competition. 

But after two near fatal miscalculations, the third time proved to be a charm for the world ranked no. 6 pole vaulter. 

Obiena made his last attempt count. All of his movements were gracefully synchronized starting from the steps, to the perfect form of his C-position, and his clear landing. 

With the finish, Obiena will have a chance to clinch gold for the Philippines in the pole vaulting finals on August 3. 

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Hidilyn Diaz writes PH sports history as first Olympic champion

Diaz, who many favored to secure a podium finish in this year’s Olympics, outlasted eight other competitors in the 55kg category, including the world record holder from China, Liao Qiuyun.

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A momentous victory for Hidylyn Diaz as she competes for the 55-kg weightlifting category at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo grabbed from Reuters

Almost a century since the country marked its footprints in the Olympic games, the Philippines has finally secured a gold medal during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

PH weightlifting bet Hidilyn Diaz topped the podium in the women’s 55-kilogram category of weightlifting.

Diaz, who many favored to secure a podium finish in this year’s Olympics, outlasted eight other competitors in the 55kg category, including the world record holder from China, Liao Qiuyun.

The weightlifter from Zamboanga City started the competition off strong as she lifted 94kg and 97kg in her first two attempts in snatch. She had the chance to take the lead after trying to lift 99kg in her final snatch attempt but failed to do so.

Uzbekistan bet Muattar Nebieva led all competitors in the snatch attempt as she cleared 98kg.

Diaz grabbed the lead in the clean and jerk attempt when she lifted 119kg on her first try. She then set an Olympic record in her final attempt with a weight of 127kg.

Hidilyn will be walking away with around 33 million pesos in incentives for winning gold, 20 million of which would be coming from the MVP Sports Foundation and San Miguel Corporation respectively, while 10 million would be given by the Philippine government in accordance with the Republic Act. 10699. Congressman Mikee Romero will also be giving three million pesos in incentives.

Back in 2019, Diaz took to social media to ask for financial support in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in hopes of bringing home the first-ever gold medal for the Philippines, to which she received mixed reactions from both her fans and the government.

This is the second Olympic medal in four Olympic stints for Hidilyn as she ended the 20-year medal drought for the Philippines in the 2016 Rio Olympics, taking home a silver medal in the 53kg weightlifting category. 

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Obiena named PH flag bearer, climbs to sixth in world rankings

Just days after inching closer to the world pole vault top five, Thomasian pole vaulter EJ Obiena has been appointed by the Philippine Olympic Committee as one of the country’s flag bearers along with judoka Kiyomi Watanabe in the upcoming Olympic games on July 24.

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Just days after inching closer to the world pole vault top five, Thomasian pole vaulter EJ Obiena has been appointed by the Philippine Olympic Committee as one of the country’s flag bearers along with judoka Kiyomi Watanabe in the upcoming Olympic games on July 24.

Most recently, Obiena secured a fourth place finish in the Diamond League held in Stockholm, Sweden. While short of a podium finish, the Thomasian pole vaulter did garner a total of 1,343 points, which improved his rank amongst the world’s best from 10th to sixth place ahead of the 2021 Olympic games.

“Work continues but this fills me with inspiration and gratitude,” Obiena wrote on his Facebook page. 

“We will proudly not just represent the Philippines, but fight for its glory,” he added.

As of writing, Sweden’s Arnold Duplantis leads the world pole vault rankings with 1,524 points. Following him is the American Sam Kendricks, with 1,469 points with Poland’s Piotr Lisek behind him with 1,443 points to round up the top three. 

Frenchman Renauld Lavillenie and American bet Christopher Nielsen complete the top five rankings with 1,379 and 1,360 points respectively.

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