PH hikes gold medal haul to 32
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)
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.