Fencing produces second silver for Philippines

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 04, 2015 08:15 PM
Fencing produces second silver for Philippines
Raguin could not sustain her opening round lead and settled for a silver medal.

SINGAPORE – Fencing produced another silver medal for the country after Harlene Raguin faded in the finals, losing to Vietnam’s Thran Ti Len, 7-11, in the women’s epee finals of the 28th Singapore Southeast Asian Games competitions at the OCBC Arena here on Thursday.

Up 5-3 after the opening round, Raguin could not sustain her stand and eventually faded to the same Vietnamese rival she had beaten in the semifinals of 2007 Thailand SEA Games on the way to capturing her first silver in the same event.

Still fighting for the gold at press time was veteran Richard Gonzales, 44, who turned back the hands of time in a gripping come-from-behind win over Singapore’s Clarence Chew Zhe Yu in the men’s singles table tennis semifinals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium here.

Down 1-3 after four sets and battling a rival 25 years younger than him, Gonzales dug deep into his back of tricks to outlast Yu 11-14, 10-12, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 12-10, in an epic marathon match lasting one hour and four minutes.

The 44-year-old grizzled campaigner faced another Singaporean, Gao Ning, who survived Thailand’s Tanviriyachevchaku, 9-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6, 13-11, in the other semis.

Whatever the result of the championship match, Gonzales has already matched his best SEA Games performance of a silver in the 2005 Philippine SEA Games.

Raguin had earlier come through with her own virtuoso performance in the semis, humbling Singapore’s Rahardja Rania, 15-11.


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