Didal delivers anew

BATTLE Ready. Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal is ready to defend her gold medal as she open the Track & Field events in the Women's 42k Full Marathon race around New Clark City at 6AM. Joy hopes she can wave the Philippine flag once more when she climbs the podium.

CAPAS, TARLAC, Philippines – Cebuana skate queen Margielyn Didal delivered the gold medal as expected in Women’s Skates finals in the 30the SEA Games at the Sigtuna Hall in Tagaytay.

Didal defeated compatriot Christiana Nicole Means in the finals to take home the gilt in the Women’s Game of S.K.A.T.E. 1-0 to secure her place among the honourees of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Malacanang after the smoke is cleared.

It was a double victory for the Philippines as Daniel Ledermann also bagged the gold medal in the Men’s category after defeating 12-year old Basral Hutomo of Indonesia 1-0 in the Finals.

Currently, the Philippines improve to 63 gold medals, 45 silvers and 34 bronzes.

Eight gold medals were added from the Dec. 4 output as Philippine’s lead over the second running Vietnam doubled as the 2021 host finished Day 5 with 31 gold, 35 silvers and41 bronze medals.

Indonesia has taken over the third place after winning a total of 27 gold medals, 36 silvers and 39 bronzes compared to Singapore’s 26-19-29 medal haul.

Malaysia slept back to fifth place with 23-16-24 tally, Thailand is still at the sixth place with 16-22-30 collection while Myanmar and Cambodia won two gold medal each and Brunei Darussalam with one gold. Lao PDR and Timor Leste are still without gold with the latter still to break into the medal column.

Aside from the Skates gold, Philippines also won two gold medals in Sambo – Chino Sy in the Sport Sambo for 82kgs men and Mark Edward Striegl in the Combat Sambo for -74kgs Mens.

Judoka Shugen Nakano won the gold medal in the Men’s -66kgs class, Jylyn Nicanor won the gold medal in the Women’s Individual Sabre in Fencing, Edmar Tacuel won the gold in the Seni Tunggal Singles for Men in Pencak Silat completion and Jermyn Prado wrapped the gold medal haul of the Filipino athletes in the Road Event Individual Time Trial for Women.

More gold medals are expected to be delivered by the Filipino athletes today as the track and field events will start at the New Clark City Stadium in Capas, Tarlac.

Philippines Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal will open up the quest of the Filipino Athletics Team as she vies for the back-to-back gold medal in Women’s Marathon at 6AM.

The organizers had changed the course of the race but Tabal’s coach John Philipp Duenas is still wary of the kind of competitor that the marathon queen from Guba, Cebu City will face.

Also making her debut is Rhythmic Gymnastics darling Daniela Reggie “Dadai” Dela Pisa who will vie in the qualifying rounds of the 16-year old pride of Brgy. Hipodromo will vie for a slot to the finals in the Hoop, Ball, Clubs and Ribbon competitions. RCM