- Second Overall championship for Philippines is SEA Games
- Leaves second placer by 51 gold medals
- Vietnam sneaks to second place overall
PASAY CITY, Philippines – It is official, the Philippines tabbed its second overall championship in the regional biennial meet, leaving the second placer Vietnam by a 51 gold medals margin as the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games drew to a close at the New Clark City Stadium in Capas, Tarlac on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
The Philippines campaign ended with the Gilas Pilipinas and Gilas Women’s pocketing the gold medals in the Men’s and Women’s Basketball competition respectively on Dec. 10. (See separate story)
Cebuana Rubilen Amit and Zamboanguena Chezka Centeno also capped the Philippines final gold medals on the eve of the closing ceremony following their victory in the women’s 9-Ball Doubles in Billiards.
The 51-gold medal lead of the Philippines was twice as many when the Pinoy athletes won its first overall championship over Thailand in 2005. It also happened during Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez’s first term as the Philippines Sports Commission Chairman.
After the 10-days hostilities, the Philippines garnered a total of 149 gold medals, 117 silvers and 120 bronzes while Vietnam which was trailing to Thailand by five gold medals at the close of Dec. 9 competition wound up second overall with 98-85-104 medal count.
Vietnam’s campaign was boosted by its victory in the Men’s Football on Dec. 10 and the Men’s Beach Handball gold delivered on the morning of Dec. 11, which was the last event of the meet. Most of their gold medals on Dec.10 were from the athletics, which pulled them through from behind.
Thailand officially dropped to a third-place finish with 92-103-123 medal haul. Indonesia finished at fourth place with 72-84-111 count, Malaysia collected 55-58-72 and Singapore took home 53 golds-46 silvers-69 bronzes.
Myanmar and Cambodia finished with four golds each, Brunei Darussalam had two and Laus had one. Cellar dweller Timor Leste will go home with a silver and five bronzes.
The Philippine Sports Commission had announced that Pres. Duterte has set aside a total of P66.8M as additional cash incentives to the athletes who won a medal in the competition.
According to PSC, Duterte will give an additional P250, 000 to the gold medal winners, P150, 000 each to the silver medallists and P100, 000 to the bronze medal winners.
This incentive is on top of the P300, 000; P150, 000 and P60, 000 cash reward which was provided by the Republic Act 10699, which is also known as the National Athletes, Coaches and Trainers Benefits and Incentives Act of 2001.
Among all the Filipino athletes, Gymnastics sensation Carlos Edriel Yulo will be the richest after winning two gold medals and five silver medals.
Yulo is expected to pocket P2.6 Million for his exploits.
Among the Cebuano athletes, Dancesports pair Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Caneda will be the richest as they are expected to share P1.5M. They are also expected to receive P300, 000 additional cash rewards from the Cebu City government. /RCM