Watch: Two Filipino Divers Scored Zero Points at SEA Games 2015 (Video)
We all know that our Filipino athletes are giving their best in any international competition despite the lack of support from the Philippine government. But in the on-going SEA Games 2015 in Singapore, two of our Filipino divers got zero points during the Men’s final diving competition last Sunday, June 7, 2015.
As you can see on the video below, John Elmerson Fabriga and John David Pahoyo from the Philippines showed very poor performance at Aquatics Diving 3-meter (Finals). Fabriga can be seen diving first from the spring board doing the summersault but eventually landed on the water with his back. That hurts!
Shortly after, Pahoyo made his turn but landed on his feet first. It is quite obvious that both Pinoy athletes failed to attain sufficient altitude after they launch from the spring board. Although Pahoyo seems to be calm, you will notice that Fabriga looks awkward right after his launch. Both of them earned a zero score each.
The video of the mishap was first posted at SGAG Facebook page with the caption, “Friends do not let friends do silly things alone… in this case getting ZERO POINTS for Diving at SEA GAMES 2015! HAHAHAHAH!” It earned tons of insulting comments, although some commentators said it is not funny at all.
For the said event, Fabriga and Pahoyo ranked 7th and 8th place, respectively. Malaysia won the gold medal; Indonesia won the silver, while Singapore won the bronze medal. Nonetheless, John David Pahoyo explained on how they practiced for the SEA Games 2015, along with a video of their practice.
“Yey! I’m so proud of us pakner John Fabriga, we really did our best despite of we just practiced this synchro dives for just 4 days, even though we failed to win, but atleast we did overcame what we once knew was out limit, and that makes us a champion.” Pahoyo wrote, who also thanked their coach, Brian Palattao.
As of posting, Singapore continues to lead the SEA Games 2015 (overall) with 60 gold medals, 51 silver, and 63 bronze. Vietnam lands at second, followed by Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Philippines is on the 6th spot, with 21 gold, 23 silver, and 36 bronze medals. Myanmar is 7th, while Cambodia is at 8th place.
But back to these two Filipino divers who went into embarrassment, many netizens could not help but laugh at them. While the performance of these so-called Splash Brothers may look funny to watch, we at TN believe that the mistake is not really a laughing matter. Instead, it should serve as a good lesson to learn from.