PASIG CITY, Philippines – The Philippines continued collecting gold medals to maintain a sizable lead against the second running Vietnam in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the National Capital Region.
With some of the games suspended as Typhoon Tisoy made landfall early morning Dec. 3, 2019, in Northern Samar, Philippines made a living in Wushu which was held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City and Arnis in Angeles City.
The Wushu team delivered six gold medals with Agatha Chrystenzen Wong winning her second gilt, the arnis team added two and Carlos Edriel Yulo won his second gymnastics gold in the Floor Exercise.
Yulo, however, yielded the Pommel Horse gold to Tan Fu Jie of Malaysia and the Still Rings gilt to Dang Nam of Vietnam as the 19-year old gymnastics sensation settled for the silver medal in the two events.
Yulo will get his chance to add more golden finish as he vies in the vault, parallel bars and horizontal bars Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 4.
After winning the Taijiquan last Sunday, Dec. 1, Wong added the in the Taolo Taijijian gold Tuesday morning to jumpstart the Wushu gold medal rush for the Philippines.
Clemente Tabugara Jr. won the 65kgs Sanda competition gold, Arnel Mandal won the Sanda 52kgs gilt, Francisco Solis ruled the 56kgs class, Jessie Aligaga topped the 48kgs competition and Divine Wally also grabbed the gold medal in the 48kgs Female Sanda competition.
Mary Allin Aldeguer won the Non-traditional open weapon gold on the final day of arnis competition along with Crisamuel Delfin topping the Men’s Anyo Open weapon competition.
Meanwhile, Cebuana Ellren Anne Ando settled for the silver medal after she ran out of time on her final attempt in the Clean & Jerk category in the 64kgs weight category. Ando enjoyed an 8kgs lead before the unfortunate event happened.
The standout from the University of Cebu took the Snatch category by storm as he lifted a 98kgs bar on her final attempt. She was well ahead and was about to lift a winning 120kgs bar on the final Clean & Jerk category when her buzzer sounded before she could grip the bars, that stopped her from lifting the 120kgs weight.
With no lift declared on her, Ando’s total remains at 213 while the eventual gold medal winner Pham Thi Hong Thanh was successful in lifting a 124kgs bar to beat the Cebuana’s total by a kilogram at 214.
The Philippine Women’s volleyball team, on the other hand, lost grounds as they vowed to the Vietnamese squad 3-2 at the start of the Women’s competition.
The Philippine was off to a good start beating Vietnam 25-21 in the opening set. However, the visiting squad rebounded by beating the home team on the next two sets, 25-23 and 25-19 to lead 2-1.
However, the Pinays made a strong cause on the fourth set to beat Vietnam 25-20 to forge a deciding Set 5.
Vietnam then went all out in the deciding set to win the match 15-8.
Still, the Philippines was ahead in the medal standings collecting a total of 47 gold medals, 31 silvers and 17 bronzes with Vietnam taking a strong cause at the second place with 23-27-25 haul and followed by Malaysia with 18-5-14.
Indonesia is at the fourth place with 12-20-18 and Thailand and Singapore are hotly contesting for the fifth and sixth place with 8-13-20 and 8-10-15 tally respectively.
The Philippine team hopes to use its field familiarity to its advantage when it battles dangerous Malaysia today, Dec. 4, 2019, in the 0-2 goals division of polo competition in the 30th SEA Games at the Miguel Romero Field in Calatagan, Batangas.
“They have been practicing at the field longer than anybody so it will factor in their game. They know in and out of the field,” said one tournament official who is also a polo enthusiast.
The same official, however, emphasized that anything can happen in the 0-2 goals division since most of the players have almost the same handicaps.
“That makes today’s matches more interesting,” the tournament official added.
Weather-permitting, the PH-Malaysia match begins at 1 p.m. while the Brunei-Indonesia showdown is scheduled at 11 a.m.
The matches were initially scheduled yesterday but officials decided to move it today due to typhoon “Tisoy”.
Comprising the PH team are Jose Antonio Veloso, Noel Vecinal, Benjamin Eusebio, Julian Garcia, Franchesca Nicole Eusebio, Stefano Juban and Rep. Mikee Romero.
Expected to lead Malaysia is 18-year-old Keith Teh and 50-year-old Mohamad Zekri Ibrahim.
Prince Jeffri Bolkiah, 65, spearheads Brunei squad along with Prince Qawi while Indonesia will be backstopped by Billy Lumingtang and Acep Krisnandar. /RCM