PH hikes gold medal haul to 32

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By NICK GIONGCO

CLARKFIELD, Pam­panga — Tra­di­tional mar­tial arts ar­nis and cycling pro­vided host Philip­pines with much-needed im­pe­tus in the early part of Mon­day as ac­tion in­ten­si­fied across Lu­zon in the 30th South­east Asian Games (SEAG).

Less than 24 hours af­ter grab­bing five gold medals, ar­nis added an­other three to its grow­ing col­lec­tion on wins by Elmer Man­la­pas in the full con­tact padded stick feath­er­weight divi­sion,

Te­jada in wel­ter­weight and Jes­fer Huguire in ban­tamweight.

There were still four women bets in the semi­fi­nals – Sheena del Monte (ban­tam), Jedah So­ri­ano (feather), Ash­ley Monville (light­weight) and Abe­gal Abad (wel­ter) – and should they pre­vail, they would be go­ing for the gold also on the same day.

As the cam­paign of all 11 na­tions got into the half­way mark of the day, the Philip­pines held onto the top with a tally of 32-19-10 (goldsil­ver-bronze). A dis­tant se­cond was Viet­nam (10-17-13) and In­done­sia (6-8-7) at third.

Dur­ing the morn­ing ses­sions, cycling (moun­tain­bike) pro­duced two gold medals and duathlon came up with one be­fore pen­cak silat put one more.

Af­ter streak­ing to 22 gold medals dur­ing the first day, an out­put that nearly matched the coun­try’s to­tal pro­duc­tion in the 2017 SEAG in Kuala Lumpur, John Der­rick Farr and Lea Denise Bel­gira made it a sweep of the down­hill event in Lau­rel, Batan­gas.

Farr, 23, was timed 2 min­utes and 41.43 sec­onds in the 1.5-km dis­tance race while Eleazar Barba, also of the Philip­pines, was the run­nerup af­ter com­ing in a minute and 36 sec­onds slower. In­done­sia’s Andu Prayoga was awarded the bronze with a clock­ing of 2:47.68.

Bel­gira, mean­while, took top hon­ors af­ter do­ing 3:09.78, rel­e­gat­ing two In­done­sians—Tiara Prastika (3:16.98) and Vi­pavee Deek­a­balles (3:17.60) for se­cond and third.

Over in Su­bic Bay in Zam­bales, Mon­ica Tor­res ruled duathlon af­ter break­ing away early en route to a clock­ing of 2 hours, eight min­utes and 44 sec­onds in the 10-kilo­me­ter run, 40-km bike and 5-km run.

Thai­land’s Pa­reeya Son­sem set­tled for the sil­ver with a 2:11.18 ef­fort and Viet­nam’s Thi Phuong Nguyen sub­mit­ted 2:14.20 for third.

Though the num­bers sug­gest Tor­res just cruised to the win, it was some sort of a mir­a­cle that she made it af­ter re­veal­ing that she was sick to her stom­ach hours be­fore the start of the race.

“I wasn’t feel­ing well and it was dif­fi­cult for me be­cause I threw up and that’s the rea­son why I ran out of gas,” said Tor­res, a sea­soned cam­paigner in­ter­na­tion­ally but a first-timer in the SEAG.

“It must have been some­thing I ate but the sup­port from the peo­ple was strong and I just could not let them down ,” added the Pow­er­man Asian Duathlon cham­pion about her or­deal.

Pen­cak silat, an In­done­sian mar­tial art, pro­duced a gold for the Philip­pines af­ter Ed­mar Tacuel topped the male tung­gal event in Su­bic Bay.

Mean­while, as Lu­zon braces for the im­pact of Typhoon Tisoy, which is ex­pected to hit Metro Manila, South­ern Lu­zon, Cen­tral and North­ern Lu­zon today , Phisgoc ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Tom Car­rasco said an emer­gency meet­ing has been set to de­ter­mine which sports in the Su­bic Bay clus­ter are go­ing to be scrapped or al­lowed to pro­ceed.

There are 15 events on tap in Su­bic Bay, mostly wa­ter sports, and some of them may have to be moved to a later date.

Among the sports hosted by Su­bic in­clude row­ing, ca­noe-kayak, tra­di­tional boat race, wind­surf­ing, open wa­ter swim­ming, triathlon and duathlon, beach vol­ley­ball and beach hand­ball.

Dance­s­port spiked host Philip­pines’ huge haul with 10 gold medals

while tra­di­tional mar­tial art ar­nis handed over five, sepak takraw and triathlon with two apiece, gym­nas­tics, kurash and wushi with one each.

The 2019 SEAG fea­tures 530 events in 56 sports and com­pe­ti­tions are scat­tered all over Lu­zon with the New Clark City in Ca­pas, Tar­lac, as main hub although Metro Manila is venue to the mar­quee sports like bas­ket­ball, box­ing and vol­ley­ball.

With the Philip­pines off to a blaz­ing start, the quest of win­ning the over­all ti­tle seems to be right on track with more than eight days of com­pe­ti­tion in the cal­en­dar.

Palace lauds Filipino ath­letes

Mala­cañang has lauded Filipino ath­letes for bag­ging at least 24 medals on the first day of the 30th South­east Asian Games (SEAG), say­ing their hard work in train­ing is pay­ing off.

As the Palace praised the ath­letes’ strong start, pres­i­den­tial spokesman Sal­vador Panelo said they also wish good luck to the rest of the ath­letes in their com­pe­ti­tion in the com­ing days.

“The Palace is closely mon­i­tor­ing the per­for­mance of our ath­letes in the 30th South East Asian Games and is pleased to know that their hard work in train­ing is pay­ing off,” he said.

“We con­grat­u­late our ath­letes who have won and brought honor to the coun­try in this on­go­ing bi­en­nial multi-sport event,” he said.

“We wish the rest of our ath­letes who will be com­pet­ing in the com­ing days the best of luck,” Panelo said.

The coun­try’s early gold haul came fol­low­ing the widely praised open­ing cer­e­mony of the games over the week­end. The bi­en­nial games opened with an im­pres­sive spec­ta­cle of Filipino cul­ture, mu­sic, and dance at the Philip­pine Arena in Bu­la­can last Satur­day. (With a report from Ge­na­lyn Ka­bil­ing)

(Mark Bal­mores/Sony A9, Alvin Ka­si­ban, and AP).

GOLD MEDAL­ISTS ALL – Clock­wise from left: The Philip­pines’ Mike Banares, in blue, com­petes with Viet­nam’s Thai Viet Phu in the men’s wel­ter­weight ar­nis fi­nal Sun­day; Mon­ica Tor­res crosses the fin­ish line in the women’s duathlon in the Su­bic Board­walk; Jack An­i­mam (10) cel­e­brates Gi­las Pilip­inas’ vic­tory in the women’s 3x3 event; Ed­mar Tacuel per­forms dur­ing the pen­cak silat Tung­gal cat­e­gory; and Vil­lardo Cu­na­may shows off his gold medal in the vic­tory cer­e­mony for the men’s light­weight ar­nis fi­nal.

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