Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez ‘s incredible run in the Winter Olympic Games men’s figure skating ended Saturday as he finished 19th overall in his event.
The 17-year-old Martinez of Muntinlupa City received praises from the entire Filipino nation and even around the world as he competed against the world’s top 24 skaters in the free skating round.
He had a 119.44 total score behind a technical score of 62.58 and component score of 57.68. Martinez made it to the medal round last Friday after posting a 64.81 score in the short program routine.
“Thank you for all the prayers and supports. I love you all,” said Martinez in his facebook account.
Martinez, who is the first Southeast Asian to reach this event and considered the youngest, played to Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona. It was the same music theme he used when he qualified for the Olympics in the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy.
Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu, 19, a world record holder, captured the gold with a score of 101.45 Canadian Patrick Chen took the silver and Denis Ten of Kazakhstan the bronze.
Martinez, who began to skate in a mall in Metro Manila, said he now looks forward to the next Winter Games in South Korea.
The Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) Sports Foundation is giving away $10,000 to Martinez as a bonus for reaching the medal round.
“What a brave kid, gave it all tonight. Thank you to him and his parents. Let’s continue supporting him,” said Pangilinan via his twitter account.
The MVP Sports Foundation also vowed to support Martinez’s training.
JOSEF T. RAMOS