Philippines pulling away early

Hidilyn Diaz - (Screengrab from PSC video)

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  • Arnis added seven golds
  • Philippine won the first 3×3 golds in SEA Games
  • One more gold for PH in Triathlon, Lawn Bowls
  • PH Downhill team dominates

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MANILA, Philippines – Olympic weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz blew the competition away after beating the field to win the Women’s -55kgs competition in the Weightlifting competition at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

Diaz failed only once, which was on her attempt to lift 94kgs on her third try in the Snatch competition. However, she came back stronger as she displayed her might in the Clean & Jerk category where she cleared all three attempts and listed her best lift, 120kgs.

Diaz’s first attempt in the Snatch was 88kgs and the second was 92kgs., which became her best since she failed the 94kgs. In the snatch – the Philippine Air Force Sargent easily cleared the 110kgs, 115 kgs and the 120kgs barbell earning her the gilt in her category.

The Rio Olympics silver medal winner ran away with 211 kgs. total lift for her first SEA Games gold, which now completed her medal collection.

Diaz’s victory overshadowed the double victory of the Philippine’s 3×3 teams.

The Women’s team survived the late challenge of Team Thailand to win the gold medal 17-13 while the All-Pro Men’s team of CJ Perez, Chris Newsome, Jason Perkins and Mo Tauttuaa was too strong for Indonesia for a 21-9 win still with 2:21 left in the game to complete the double gold round up.

As of 6:20 PM on Dec. 2 the Philippines added 16 more gold medals seven more silver medals and a bronze medal to improve to 38-19-10, which is 26 gold medals clear from Vietnam, which still had 10 gold medals along with 20 silvers and 16 bronzes.

Philippine’s output surpassed the 24 gold medal production of our athletes in the 2017 edition of the biennial meet.

Posing to take away the second place from Vietnam is the 2017 overall champion Malaysia who now had improved to 10 gold medals, two silver and seven bronze medals.

“With the outcome for two days that we had surpassed the number of gold medals we won in 2017. I believe we can achieve our goals of winning more than 100 gold medals is doable,” announced POC president Cong. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino.

The Arnis Team added seven gold medals from a 5-gold medal production of Dec. 1, the team that is made up of Fernando Casares, Claire Adorna, Kim Mangrobang and John Chicano continued the dominance of Team Philippines as they gold the gold medal in the Mixed Relay, Monica Torres won the gold in the Women’s Duathlon event, Edmar Tacuel copped the gold in the Pencak Silat’s SeniTunggal Men, John Derick Farr and Eleazar Barba Jr. complete a 1-2 finish in the Men’s Downhill competition and Lea Denise Belgira won carted away the gold in the Women’s Downhill Competition race. Cebuano Nino Surban finished second in the Men’s Cross Country race.

And in Lawn Bowls, Angelo Morales topped the Pairs Men while the Philippines earned silver in the Triples Men and Fours Women and bronze in the Pairs Women. RCM

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