Pinoys add two more silvers and a bronze

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 04, 2015 09:27 PM
Pinoys add two more silvers and a bronze
A gold medal remained elusive as the Team Philippines settled for two silver medals and one bronze in the 28th Singapore Southeast Games .

SINGAPORE –  Fencing and table tennis fell short of the gold medal and added just two more silvers to the tally of the Philippine campaign in the 28th Singapore Southeast Games here on Thursday.

On the eve of  opening ceremonies of the 11-nation sportsfest, veteran Richard Gonzales and Harlene Raguin fell to separate rivals in the finals of the men’s singles table tennis and women’s epee, respectively.

After a grueling seven-set battle in the semifinals against Singapore’s Clarence Chew Zhe Yu, an obviously spent Gonzales finally run out of tricks and yielded to Singaporean Gao Ning, who captured his fourth straight gold with an emphatic 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-3 victory.

Raguin could do no better against inspired Vietnamese fencer, Tran Thi Len, who rallied from a 3-5 deficit in the first round to clinch the gold with an 11-7 victory as time expired in the third round of the  championship match at the OCBC Arena.  

Gonzales, 44, had earlier turned back the hands of time in a gripping come-from-behind win over Singapore’s Yu.

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.

He 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.

Nathan Perez salvaged  the bronze medal in the men’s individual foil after losing  a hairline 14-15 decision Vietnam’s Nguyen Min Quang in the semifinals at 7:20 p.m.

Earlier, Emerson Segui, the other entry and the men’s foil and who won gold in the in the Thailand Games, narrowly lost to Satriana, 13-15, in the round-of-16.

The Philippines has thus far collected four medals, counting the silver won by rookie Justine Gail Tinio in the women’s individual foil last Thursday.

The duo of Alyssa Salvador and Jemimah, newcomers to the SEA Games, continued to languish in the depths of the synchronized swimming and placed sixth and last in the free routine finals with 53.0333 points.

Hostilities take a break on Friday with the opening ceremonies at the Singapore National Stadium before they resume full blast on Sunday.

The Filipino bets are heavily favored in the triathlon event and possibly pick up golds in gymnastics and dragon boat rowing in what promises to be a hectic Sunday schedule for Team Philippines.

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