Filipino Olympians: 5 facts to know about boxer Carlo Paalam

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Phillippines' Carlo Paalam, red, and India's Amit fight in their men's light flyweight boxing semifinal at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
  • Carlo Paalam is set to participate in the men’s flyweight division of the Tokyo Summer Games.

Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam. (Photo: Carlo Paalam/Facebook)
Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam. (Photo: Carlo Paalam/Facebook)
  • The 22-year-old is the youngest boxer in the Tokyo Olympics-bound Philippine contingent.

Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam. (Photo: Carlo Paalam/Facebook)
Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam. (Photo: Carlo Paalam/Facebook)
  • He captured his career’s first gold medal at the 30th SEA Games, reigning supreme over the men’s flyweight division.

Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam. (Photo: Carlo Paalam/Facebook)
Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam. (Photo: Carlo Paalam/Facebook)
  • Paalam picked garbage at a sanitary landfill in Cagayan de Oro when he was young, and was discovered by talent scouts while boxing at the local "Boxing at the Park" tournament.

Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam. (Photo: Carlo Paalam/Facebook)
Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam. (Photo: Carlo Paalam/Facebook)
  • After the Cagayan de Oro boxing program recruited him in 2009, he developed the talents that earned him the call-up to the Philippine national team in 2013.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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