Date
27 July 2017
John Elmerson Fabriga and John David Pahoyo appear in top form as they leave the platform. They had a little problem landing in the water. Photo: AFP
John Elmerson Fabriga and John David Pahoyo appear in top form as they leave the platform. They had a little problem landing in the water. Photo: AFP

Furious officials want answers after Splash Brothers make waves

Philippine sports officials are demanding answers after two Filipino divers made a splash — literally — in the Southeast Asian Games.

John Elmerson Fabriga and John David Pahoyo are shown in a video clip landing squat on their backs in the three-meter springboard dive in Singapore’s OCBC arena.

They received a score of zero.

Embarrassed sports authorities were put on the spot after the video went viral.

On social media, some Filipinos reacted mockingly, others took the disaster in stride and called for restraint.  

French news agency AFP is reporting that aquatics chief Mark Joseph has been asked to explain the incident by Philippines Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia.

“I will give the opportunity for the Philippine Swimming Inc. president to explain because he fought for these divers to come here and compete,” Garcia said, as reported by AFP, citing Philippine news website Inquirer.net.

Fabriga and Pahoyo, dubbed by the Philippine media as the “Splash Brothers” lived up to their name when they hit the water back first on their fourth dive.

Divers are scored on a range of metrics including technical skills and degree of difficulty, but generally, they get good scores when they land in the water vertically and sink like a pebble — the smaller the splash the better.

But the duo not only landed horizontally, they also created waves in the pool.

They finished 100 points behind their competitors, AFP says.

But not to worry. They were not the only ones who shamed the national flag.

Many competitors in the women’s 10-meter platform chose to dive from 7.5 meters — even 5 meters — and landed awkwardly in the water, drawing some bemused reactions from the crowd.   

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