The Games falter once more
Sparse participation

Ironically, the organisation of another International Exhibition contributed to the moving of the 1904 Games' venue from Chicago to Saint-Louis, Missouri, from July 1 to November 23.

The decision was taken personally by Theodore Roosevelt to mark the centenary of Louisana's links with the United States.

But the mix of people produced a second organisational disaster after Paris. The Olympic image emerged tarnished.

St. Louis brought together around 600 athletes, 580 of them Americans, from only a dozen countries. The long Atlantic crossing discouraged many teams from making the effort to turn up.

But those who did benefitted from their fellow citizens, already on American soil, to win several medals.

St. Louis produced a local hero - Archie Hahn, who won three titles (60m, 100m and 200m) in athletics.

*For the very first time winners received gold medals, with the Americans receiving the majority, winning 79 gold and 244 medals in total.

But, as in Paris, the Olympic Games did not really come to life. Too many categories, too spread out, too many attractions besides sport. Barely two thousand spectators followed the athletics events.


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The Philippines last reached the final round swimming 80 years ago when Jikirum Adjaluddin and Teofilo Yldefonso ended up in the final six in the 1932 Los Angeles Games.

The Philippines has not won a medal since Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco settled for silver in boxing via a controversial decision during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

The Philippine basketball team wound up fifth place—best finish for an Asian country in the Olympics to date—in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the first time basketball was played as an Olympic sport.

Mary Antoinette Rivero's tie for fifth place in Taekwondo is the closest any Filipino athlete came to a medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

The men's Philippine Basketball team is the first country to ever score 100 or more points in the 1948 Olympics after clobbering Iraq,102-30.

John Baylon, a nine-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, and Jerry Diño were the last Filipino Olympic qualifiers in the discipline Judo, having vied in the 1992 Barcelona Games.

The largest delegation the Philippines has ever sent to the Games was 53 in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

With only eight athletes in six sporting events for the London Games, this will be PH's smallest delegation since 1996.

Harry Tañamor, the only Filipino predicted to win by the Sports Illustrated in its Olympic Preview edition, bows out in the first match up in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

1972 was the last year the Philippine men's basketball team, which then paraded William 'Bogs' Adornado, Danny Florencio and Yoyong Martirez among others in its line up, has qualified for the Olympics.

The Philippines will shoot for its first gold medal in six of the following events in the 2012 London Olympics: Athletics, BMX, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting and Swimming.

The Philippines has only won medals in three events since joining the Olympics in 1924.

The Philippines participated in the Winter Olympics three times, in 1972 (Juan Cipriano and Ben Nanasca, alpine skiing), in 1988 (Raymund Ocampo, luge) and in 1992 (Michael Teruel, alpine skiing).

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, though not competing, carries the Philippine flag at the opening of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Teofilo Yldefonso is the first Filipino to win a medal and the only one to take home multiple medals. He finished third both in the Men's 200 meter breastroke during the 1928 and 1932 Olympics.

Men's boxing has for medals in the Olympics with Anthony Villanueva, silver in the Featherweight Division of the 1964 Games in Tokyo; Leopoldo Serantes, third in 1988 Seoul; Roel Velasco, third in Barcelona; and his brother Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco, second in the 1996 Atlanta Games.

The Philippines is the first country to compete and win an Olympic medal among Southeast Asian countries.

Arianne Cerdena won a gold in bowling at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, but Cerdena's gold was not included in the medal tally since bowling was considered only as a demonstration sport.

The Philippines is the first nation in the tropics to ever participate in the Winter Olympic Games.

The Philippines holds the record for winning the most medals without a gold haul with seven bronze and two silvers for a total of nine.