Team UAAP-Philippines finish 5th in 2014 AUG
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 22, 2014 02:51 PM
Hannah Dato of Ateneo (left holding an ASEAN University Games doll) led Team UAAP-Philippines in its historic fifth place overall finish in the biennial meet with three golden hauls, two silver and a pair of bronze in women's swimming.
Female tanker Hannah Dato of Ateneo emerged as the most bemedalled athlete from Team University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP)-Philippines that finished fifth overall in the 2014 ASEAN University Games in Indonesia.
The Lady Eagle and product of Palarong Pambansa hauled in three gold, two silvers, and a pair of bronzes included in Team UAAP-PHI total medal tally of 10 gold, 11 silvers and 21 bronzes. Team UAAP-PHI posted their best finish in the meet -- a notch higher than their previous best outing six years ago in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Dato, the 77th UAAP MVP, capped her campaign Sunday with a silver in the women’s 100 meters free style and a third place finish in women's 200-meter butterfly.
In the women’s 100 meters freestyle, Dato clocked 58.06 to finish behind Malaysian Chui Lai Kwan (57.97) and ahead of Thailand’s Benjaporn Sriphanomthorn (58.12). Dato got the podium finish in the 200-meter butterfly with a time 2:22.62 behind winner Cai Lin (2:18.88) of Malaysia and Raina S. Grahana (2:19.54) of Indonesia.
Another Ateneo standout, London Olympian Jessie Khing Lacuna, bagged the bronze medal in the lung-busting men's 1,500-meter freestyle with a time of 16:47.15.
Malaysia finished 1-2 with Kevin Soon Choy Yeapclinching the gold with 15:53.67 and Vernon Lee Jeau Zhi bagging the silver with 16:14.79.
Team UAAP-PHI got the most number of medals from swimming with four gold, three silvers and nine bronzes medals followed by the taekwondo jins (4-4-4), and athletics (2-1-3). The diving team submitted a silver while the Ateneo Lady Eagles snatched a bronze in women’s volleyball.
Host Indonesia (64-77-45) took the overall championship followed by Thailand (52-34-23), Malaysia (38-39-49) and Vietnam (24-14-2).
In the 2008 Kuala Lumpur edition the UAAP team went home with eight gold, 12 silvers and 21 bronzes to wind up in sixth spot.