Filipino Olympians: 5 facts to know about shooter Jayson Valdez

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Filipino boxer Jayson Valdez is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Philippine Sports Commission/Facebook)
Filipino boxer Jayson Valdez is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Philippine Sports Commission/Facebook)
  • Jayson Valdez is set to represent the Philippines in the air rifle 10-meter event of the Tokyo Olympics.

Filipino sports shooter Jayson Valdez. (Photo: Yoyo Sarmenta)
Filipino sports shooter Jayson Valdez. (Photo: Yoyo Sarmenta)
  • The Filipino sports shooter is a second-generation athlete. He is the son of three-time SEA Games champion Julius Valdez.

Filipino sports shooter Jayson Valdez. (Photo: Jayson Valdez/Facebook)
Filipino sports shooter Jayson Valdez. (Photo: Jayson Valdez/Facebook)
  • He is the only shooter to book a ticket to Tokyo, and the 12th Filipino to qualify for the Olympics after receiving the pass from the International Shooting Sports Federation via its quota system.

Filipino Olympian Jayson Valdez with local volleyball star Alyssa Valdez. (Photo: Jayson Valdez/Instagram)
Filipino Olympian Jayson Valdez with local volleyball star Alyssa Valdez. (Photo: Jayson Valdez/Instagram)
  • Valdez is the first Filipino shooter to compete in the Olympics since 2012, when Paul Brian Rosario donned the colours of the country in the men’s skeet event.

Filipino sports shooter Jayson Valdez. (Photo: PTV/YouTube)
Filipino sports shooter Jayson Valdez. (Photo: PTV/YouTube)
  • He placed at the podium in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore where he captured silver.

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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