From Pinoy orphan to Aussie hero: Christopher Remke ends 24-year gold drought in men’s vault

first_imgImage: Twitter/@CommGamesAUSAthlete Christopher Remkes, once a Filipino orphan until he was adopted by an Australian couple when he was 2 years old, brought honors to his adopted country as he won an elusive gold in men’s vault.Standing a mere 4 feet and 10 inches (147 centimeters), Chris won the gold for men’s vault at the international 2018 Commonwealth Games, held in Gold Coast, Australia, on April 4-15.ADVERTISEMENT Chris’ win, with the scores 14.866 and 14.766, marks the first time an Australian has won gold for the event in the past 24 years. The last time Australia took home the gold, won by Bret Hudson, was in 1994, according to The Courier Mail.The diminutive 21-year-old athlete credited his small stature as the key to his victory. He said, “My height is almost like a super power, I’m lucky to have the build I have, it means I can go fast in the air.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut most of all, he thanked his adoptive parents for this crowning achievement. “Without my parents I wouldn’t be here today, I would probably still be in the orphanage,” said Chris.Adopted at the age of 2 by Australian couple Mike and Dora Remkes from an orphanage in the Philippines, Chris grew up happy with “nothing but smiles and bubbly and full of life,” said Mike. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RELATED STORIES:New Australia coach reflects on USA Gymnastics abuse scandalPH gymnast Yulo wins anew, bags silver in Qatar tiltDisgraced USA Gymnastics doc sentenced to another 40-125 yearsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ View comments Venus, Serena Williams join Billie Jean King equal pay push Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident As a baby, Chris was left at a hospital when he was just 2 days old. He was later handed to the orphanage where nuns took care of him until his adoption by the Remkes.“When we got notification from the adoption agency, we saw a photo of him and we couldn’t say no,’’ recalled Mike.He added, “We talked to the nuns at the orphanage and they had never seen him smile or happy.”Chris would later get into gymnastics at the age of 5 and has passionately pursued the sport until now.His proud father said, “His passion is so strong and his journey is still continuing.”  Alfred Bayle /raADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales PLAY LIST 02:40Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales01:34SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest00:58Philippines captures gold in men’s sepak takraw02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIESlast_img

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