Tokyo hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics, and one Canadian Filipino athlete has set his eyes on the international event.
For Darthe Capellan, a member of Canada’s wrestling team, the Olympics represents a peak in his sporting life.
Capellan is the 2018 and 2019 Canadian champion in the 57-kilogram weight class.
On August 9 this year, the third day of the wrestling competition in the Pan American Games hosted by Lima, Peru, Capellan won a bronze after defeating Colombia’s Oscar Tigreros.
“This medal basically just shows that my hard work and training all year has paid off,” Capellan said in a report by Wrestling Canada Lutte. [Lutte is a French word meaning ‘fight’ or ‘struggle’, and it is used to refer to wrestling].
Wrestling Canada Lutte is the national sport governing body for Olympic style wrestling in Canada.
Earlier in February this year, the Davao City, Philippines-born Capellan picked up a bronze at the Cerro Pelado International wresting event held in Cuba. The wrestling association noted that he was the only wrestler not from Cuba or the U.S. to win a medal at the tournament.
The website of the Canadian Olympic team includes a profile for Capellan, who was born on April 27, 1996.
Capellan is based in the city of Surrey in British Columbia.
His biography states that he won a bronze in the 61-kilogram class at the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie.
In the 2016 Pan American championships, Capellan captured gold in the 57-kilogram class.
Capellan also represented Team British Columbia at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. He won silver in the 50-kilogram class.
Capellan started wrestling at the age of 12.
Capellan’s father Darly is a financial advisor. In a social media post following the wrestler’s bronze medal victory in Lima, Darly Capellan wrote: “We will never stop thanking God and honour Him for His invisible and silent presence in his and all our lives!”
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