PASIG CITY, Philippines — James Deiparine broke the 10 years gold medal drought for the Philippines as he topped the Men’s 100M Breaststroke competition in the Southeast Asian Games at the New Clark City Aquatics Center in Capas, Tarlac.
After finishing second in Kuala Lumpur in 2017 edition, in both the 100M breast and 50M breaststroke events, Deiparine, shook off the jet lag from a long flight from the USA to focus on his mission to win the Philippines its first gold since 2009.
Aside from the gold medal, Deiparine also reset the SEA Games 100M breaststroke record with his one minute and one and 46th seconds (1:01.46), erasing a 10-year listed by Nguyen Huu of Vietnam of 1:01.60 in 2009.
In July, Deiparine rewrote the Philippine national record to 1.02.000.
The last time Philippines won a gold medal in the SEA Games was 10-years ago when Miguel Molina won the 200M and 400M Men’s Individual Relay while Daniel Coakley won the 50M Freestyle and Ryan Arabejo topped the 1,500M freestyle competition.
Deiparine defeated Pham Thanh Bao of Vietnam (1:01.92) and Lionel Khoo Chien Yin of Singapore (1.01.98).
The other gold medal hopeful Remedy Alexis Rule, however, fell short of the target as she settled for a silver medal behind Jin Wen Quah of Singapore in the Women’s 200M Butterfly competition. Rule was 0.02 of a second behind Quah who finished the race in 2:10.97.
The other gold medal winners for the Philippines on Dec. 4 were Marly Martir, Franchette Shayne Quiroz and Elive Baldivino won topped the WA 1500 PPC Team gold medal for Women in Shooting, while the Individual gold medal was won by Philippine Navy Lt. Cmdr. Martir.
The Philippine Mixed Team Assist 400×12 Obstacle team made up of Redentor Kyle, Kaizen dela Serna, Monolito Divina and Deanne Nicole Moncada also the gold medal along with team of Diana Buhler, Jeffrey Regino, Klymille Keilah Rodriguez and Nathaniel Sanchez who won the Mixed Team Relay 400M x 12 also in Obstacle Race, Rochelle Suarez winning the 100M x 10 Women’s Obstacle gold and Kevin Jeffrey Pascual who topped the Men’s 100M x 10 Obstacle competition.
The weightlifting team won its second gold courtesy of Kristel Macrohon in the Women’s -71kgs competition to raise the Philippine’s medal haul to 56 gold medals, 41 silvers and 22 bronze medals.
The Men’s Muaythai Waikru team also contributed a gold medal behind the outstanding performance of Jearome Calica and Joemar Gallaza who scored 9.590 points to beat Malaysia’s Hatem Ramjam and Mohamad Ismail and Lorens Walen and Muhammad Uchida Sudirman of Indonesia.
Gymnastics sensation Carlos Edriel Yulo on the other hand still can’t find a way back to winning the gold medal as he settled for three silver medals in his final three competitions today.
Yulo gave up the gold medal in the vault competition to Agus Prayoko of Indonesia, the Parallel Bars gilt to Phuong Thanh Dinh of Vietnam and the horizontal bars top honors also to Dinh.
Vietnam kept the second place with 27-32-33, followed by Malaysia 21-12-22, Singapore 18-12-20, Indonesia 17-27-29, Thailand 11-15-22; Myanmar 1-6-20, Brunei-Darussalam 1-5-5, Cambodia 1-3-17, Lao PDR 0-0-6 and Timor Leste is yet to break into the medal column.
Meanwhile, at the start of the boxing competition, five Filipino boxers advanced to the next round after beating their separate rivals.
Women’s Light flyweight contender Josie Gabuco defeated Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand 4-1; Bantamweight Aira Villegas scored a shutout 5-0 victory over Vilayphone Vongphachan of Lao PDR, flyweight gold hopeful Irish Magno defeated Leona Hui Xin Yee of Singapore, Men’s division light flyweight campaigner Carlo Paalam also scored a 5-0 win over Khamphouvanh Khamsathone of Lao while flyweight Rogen Ladon, bantamweight Ian Clark Bautista and middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial
On Day 2, Dec. 5, Ladon will open the campaign of the Filipinos as he fights Aldoms Suguro of Indonesia, lightweight Charly Suarez will fight Arkar Paing Min of Myanmar, and light heavyweight John Nobel Marvin takes on Dinh Hoang Troung of Vietnam at the PICC Forum. RCM