Boxing Mark ‘Magnifico’ Magsayo and the Philippine ladies’s soccer group Malditas delivered because the nation opened 2022 with a bang.
Persevering with the Filipino athletes’ triumphant run the earlier 12 months, Magsayo wrested the World Boxing Council featherweight title in Atlantic Metropolis, whereas the Malditas clinched a historic ticket to subsequent 12 months’s FIFA Ladies’s World Cup.
For these feats, the Philippine Sportswriters Affiliation (PSA) salutes them as the highest performers for January.
Magsayo struck gold in his first title shot, beating long-time champ Gary Russell Jr. through majority determination, 114-114, 115-113, 115-113.
He joined Jerwin Ancajas (IBF tremendous flyweight), Rene Mark Cuarto (IBF minimumweight), John Riel Casimero (WBO bantamweight), and Nonito Donaire, Jr. (WBC bantamweight) within the ranks of present Pinoy world champions.
The gritty Malditas, however, met their date with future by scoring a 4-3 victory on penalties over quarterfinal rival Chinese language-Taipei within the sprawling metropolis of Pune in Western India.
The well-known win despatched them to their first-ever semifinal stint within the Asian Cup and sealed their landmark debut in soccer’s international spectacle set July 2023 in Australia and New Zealand.
Billiards guess Roland Garcia and rowing aces led by Olympian Chris Nievarez additionally shone within the different battlefronts.
Garcia took runner-up honors within the Arizona 10-Ball Open in Tucson behind Russian Fedor Gorst, who retained the crown with a 4-3, 4-2 verdict.
Nievarez positioned second within the U23 2,000 meter occasion of the Asian Rowing Digital Indoor Championships to spearhead a six-silver, two-bronze assortment for Staff Philippines.
In golf, Bianca Pagdanganan led the LPGA in driving distance together with her 283-yard common within the Gainbridge LPGA occasion in Florida, though she missed the lower.
Fil-Japanese Yuka Saso completed solo third in the identical competitors.