Pinoys assured of silver in table tennis, two bronzes in fencing

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 04, 2015 05:52 PM
Pinoys assured of silver, two bronzes
The Philippines is poised to add three more medals in the 28th SEA Games thanks to Richard Gonzales of table tennis and Nathaniel Perez and Harlene Raguin of fencing.

SINGAPORE – Veteran Richard Gonzales assured the country of its second silver medal in the 28th Southeast Asian Games on Thursday with 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 himself,  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 will go up against 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, in the finals set at 7:50 p.m. 

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.

Also poised to reach the finals were fencers Nathaniel Perez and Harlene Raguin, who advanced to the men’s individual foil and women’s epee semifinals, respectively, at the OCBC Arena.

Perez subdued Indonesia’s Dennis Satriana, 15-13, in the quarterfinals while Raguin, a 2007 Thailand SEA Games silver medalist, subdued compatriot Haniel Abella, 15-12, in an all-Filipina quarterfinal clash.

Perez will be up against Vietnam’s Nguyen Min Quang, a 7-4 quarterfinal winner over Malaysia’s Ismail Nurul,  and Raguin will take on Singapore’s Rahardja Rania, who took out Indonesia’s Dian Pertiwi, 15-13.

Perez faces Nguyen at 5:20 p.m. while Raguin battles Rania at 5:40 p.m.

Regardless of the outcome of their respective semifinal clashes, Perez and and Raguin are already guaranteed of bronze medals, bringing the country’s total medal haul to four following Justine Gail Juinio’s silver in the women’s individual foil last Wednesday.

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.

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