Since there are only 11 Filipinos competing in the Olympics and most of them have already been eliminated from their sport, with only Mark Anthony Barriga being our best chance of at least grabbing a bronze medal in boxing. My attentions were left scattered in different sporting events, mainly basketball, swimming, tennis and the much awaited track and field led by Usain Bolt who is trying to prove he’s still the fastest man on Earth, while his Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake providing an interesting sub plot as a favorite to unseat him in the 100 meter dash.
However, in the less popular world of fencing, the world has witnessed probably the most poignant moment of the Olympics so far, when South Korean fencer Shin A-Lam was left sitting on the piste while awaiting the deliberations on the protest lodged by her team. Shin A-Lam was tied with her German opponent Britta Heidamann 5-5. But, Shin enjoys a “priority ruling” edge that has her winning in case the score ends up in a tie.
The problem was, the time didn’t moved from 1 second. Given that both fencer hit each other simultaneously and the clock will automatically stop, it is not possible to have at least three successive hit attempts inside of one second. It was obvious that Shin really got screwed in the end game fiasco.
The agony of defeat is more painful knowing one lost due to errors committed by third parties like in this case, the timekeeper and the referee. While she missed winning a medal Shin A-Lam definitely caught the world’s attention and memories of her crying and baring her emotions will forever endear her to sports fans around the world. Me, definitely included. I wish she could visit the Philippines soon and I’ll tour her to our majestic countryside and wipe her tears away :)