Gymnast Jung-Ruivivar and Rower Delgaco Secure Spots in Paris Olympics

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Filipina rower Joanie Delgaco. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Rowing Association

In an exciting development, two more Filipino athletes have secured their places in the upcoming Paris Olympics, as confirmed by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino on Sunday.


“Eleven, formally, and counting,” Tolentino declared, referring to the growing number of Filipino representatives for the 2024 Summer Games. Gymnast Levi Jung-Ruivivar and rower Joanie Delgaco have joined the ranks as the 10th and 11th Filipino athletes to qualify for the Paris Olympics in a span of just over 24 hours.


Jung-Ruivivar’s qualification came on Friday night at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Doha. She clinched a silver medal in the uneven bars, accumulating enough qualification points to secure her spot. Notably, she is the third Filipino gymnast to qualify, following the footsteps of Carlos Yulo and Aleah Finnegan.


Originally hailing from the United States, Jung-Ruivivar made the decision to represent the Philippines in September 2023. With her father Anthony’s Filipino roots from Hawaii, the 17-year-old gymnast brings a strong connection to the country.

On Sunday morning, Delgaco earned her ticket to Paris by finishing fourth in the 2,000 meters women’s single sculls at the World Rowing Asian and Oceania Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta and Asian Rowing Cup in Chungju, South Korea.

Clocking in at 2:03.23, Delgaco’s performance placed her behind competitors from Uzbekistan, Japan, and Iran, securing her place in the Paris Olympics.

Tolentino took to social media to extend his congratulations to the newly qualified Olympians, commending their dedication, perseverance, and exceptional talent. He expressed the POC’s support and best wishes for their continued success in Paris, emphasizing that the entire Philippines stands behind them.

With other Filipino athletes already guaranteed spots in various sports, including pole vaulter EJ Obiena, boxers Eumir Felix Marcial, Nesthy Petecio, and Aira Villegas, as well as weightlifters Vanessa Sarno, Erleen Ann Ando, and John Febuar Ceniza, the Filipino contingent for the Paris Olympics continues to grow.

Additionally, weightlifter Rosegie Ramos is unofficially set to become the 12th Filipino to qualify for Paris, pending the official announcement from the International Weightlifting Federation.

Furthermore, the country is expected to have three qualifiers under the universality rule, bringing the unofficial count of Filipino Olympians to 15.

Tolentino expressed optimism that more Filipino athletes will secure spots in Paris as qualifying events across various sports are still ongoing.

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