Pinoy divers at SEA games react on their viral performance video

After a video showing an embarrassing performance got viral on different social media sites, the two Filipino athletes reacted positively to the harsh online comments and thanked their supporters who still cheered them on. The Filipino divers, John David Pahoyo and John Elmerson Fabriga, are competing at the 3-meter springboard diving finals at the OCBC Aquatic Center in Singapore for the Southeast Asian (SEA) games, when they both scored zero in Dive 4.

Zero scores were given after both of them landed on their backs; wherein the painful splash was recorded for the world to see. The video was picked up by online users, uploaded on various sites and has now gone viral; with captions of how painful the dive must have been. SGAG, a Singaporean Facebook page patterned after 9GAG, one of the pages which posted the video, has the caption: “Friends do not let friends do silly things alone…in this case getting ZERO POINTS for Diving at SEA GAMES 2015! HAHAHAHAH!” Showing how a good sport he is, Pahoyo replied in the post positively; saying he also chooses to “laugh at myself,” and noted that he isn’t the first athlete to have had such a bad landing. “I even laughed at myself after I did this dive hehe. But after all this was not the first time I failed a dive, and I was not the first one who did so.

And I am still proud because not all of us has the privilege to represent our own country to such a big sporting event like this,” Pahoyo commented. “And by the way can I ask all of you if you can still smile after getting embarrassed in front of thousands of people? Hehe just asking, right? ” he writes, tagging his fellow diver John Fabriga. The athlete also said that he did not expect to serve as an inspiration after his flop. “Hindi ko inakalang makaka-inspire tayo ng maraming tao through our mistake and the way kung paano natin hinarap yung embarrassment at failure natin. Salamat po sa mga sumusuporta sa amin,” he said in a separate post, as reported by Inquirer. (“I did not expect that we could inspire people through our mistake and the way we face our embarrassment and failure. Thanks for those who support us.”) While online users lauded the positivity of the athletes, others implored them to do better next time and to train well so they won’t be embarrassing while representing the Philippines.
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