PHI pulls away early

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PASAY CITY, Philippines – Gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo made the biggest wave among all the gold medal winners at the first day of the competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games held at the historic Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Dec. 1, 2019.

With the crowd at his back all the time, Yulo, a first-timer in the biennial games displayed his winning performance that earned him the gold medal at the World Championships in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Individual Artistic All-Around competition.

The 19-year old scored 14.650 to lead the Floor Exercise, 13.600 in the Pommel Horse event, 13.600 in the Still Rings, 14.550 in the Vault, 14.400 in Parallel Bars and 13.750 in the Horizontal Bars for a total of 84.900 points which was safely ahead from Dinh Phuong Thanh (82.360) and Le Thanh Tung (81.700) both from Vietnam who collared the silver and bronze medals respectively.

As of 9 PM of Dec. 1, Philippines is already pulling away from the medal tally winning 22 of the 45 gold medals given away in Day 1 along with 12 silvers and nine bronze medals.

Cebuano dancing pair, Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Marie Caneda contributed three golds after topping the Latin Dance Samba, Cha Cha and Rumba,

Cebuano Andrew Kim Remolino meanwhile was part of the 1-2 finishes of the Philippine teams in the Triathlon event. Remolino finished two minutes behind the eventual gold medal John Chicano who was clocked one hour, 55 minutes and three seconds when he crossed the finish line.

Not to be outdone, the distaff race was also a 1-2 finish for Kim Mangrobang and Kim Kilgroe for a rate double-sweep for the Philippines.

The Sepak Takraw Men’s and Women’s team also score a double victory in the Hoops event.

The Men’s team that includes Cebuano Metodio Suico, Jason Huerte, John Bobier, Emmanuel Escote and John Jeffrey Morcillos scored a dominating 670 points, which was followed by Cambodia’s 450 points and Laos 430 points.

The women’s squad that was made up of Deseree Autor, Josefina Maat, Sara Jean Kalalo, Jean Marie Sucalit, Mary Ann Lopez and Abigail Sinugbohan meanwhile survived the tough challenge Indonesia 670 against 660. Myanmar, which poses a threat to the Philippines gold medal finish fell 30 points short on its 640-420 win over Laos.

Philippines won also won seven more gold medals in Dancesports, another four in Arnis, Agatha Chrystenzen Wong added one gold in Women Taijijian competition in Wushu, IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia bagged the Individual Online gold in Chess and Estie Gay Liwanen topped the Women’s 63kgs competition in Kurash.

Cebuano John Fabliar Ceniza is one of the 12 silver medal winners for the Philippines in weightlifting competition.

Trailing the Philippines is Vietnam with 10 gold medals, three won by its Arnis Team, 13 silvers and nine bronze medals.

Thailand is at third place with 5-4-10; Malaysia with 4-2-2; and Singapore rounded the top 5 top medal collectors of the day with 3-3-5. RCM

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