The Philippines gets biggest one-day haul with nine gold medals

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 10, 2015 08:33 PM
The Philippines gets biggest one-day haul
The Philippines now sits in fifth place in the medal standings with 21 gold medals.

SINGAPORE—The Philippines snatched nine gold medals—five from boxing—for its biggest one-day haul so far, enough to grab fifth place overall in the 28th Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday.

Women’s light flyweight Josie Gabuco, welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial, bantamweight Mario Fernandez, flyweight Ian Clark Bautista and lightweight Junel Cantancio won gold medals each as the Philippines emerged overall champion of the games’ boxing competitions.

The men’s and women’s softball teams—Blu Boys and Blu Girls—dominated as expected, as well as former two-time world champion Dennis Orcollo in billiards and Eric Chauwn Cray in athletics for the Philippines which tallied 21 gold, 23 silver and 24 bronze medals that pushed it to fifth place overall and in the process relegating Indonesia to sixth spot with a 20-26-42 gold-silver-bronze haul.

Gabuco beat Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat, 3-0, for her fourth Sea Games gold medal, as Marcial and Fernandez booked the most impressive victories in the 10-bout finals program.

Marcial knocked out Singaporean Tay Jia Wei with 48 seconds to go in the second round and Fernandez, it ran away with a second round (2:15) technical knockout victory over Thai Tanes Ongjunta.

Bautista also defeated a Singaporean, Mohamed Hanurdeen Hamid, 2-1, and Cantancio contributed to the haul with a 2-0 victory over Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Hei.

Flyweight Irish Magno and bantamweight Nesthy Petecio in the women’s division and light flyweight Rogen Ladon accounted for the Filipinos’ three silver medals that made them overall champions of boxing.

Magno bowed to Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Yien, Petecio lost to another Vietnamese, Le Thi Bang, and Ladon yielded to Indonesian Kornelis Kwangu Langu—all with 1-2 scores.

Counting the bronze medals of Wilfredo Lopez and Riza Pasuit, the Philippines had a sport-best 5-3-2 tally, far better than Thailand’s 2-2-3 (gold-silver-bronze). Vietnam snatched two gold medals and Indonesia only one.

Cray won his second gold medal in the games—again in record fashion—by turning in  49.40 seconds in his favorite men’s 400m hurdles. He erased the 20-year-old record of 49.76 set by Thai Chanon Keanchan n Chiang Mai.

Vietnam’s Quach Cong Lich (50.29s) settled for the silver and Indonesia’s Andrian Andrian (51.36) bagged the bronze.

Orcollo, a former world 9-ball and 10-ball champion, defeated upset-conscious Maung Maung of Myanmar, 9-4, to retain the men’s 9-ball singles gold medal, the Philippines’ third in billiards playafter the men’s 9-ball championship won by Carlos Biado and Warren Kiamco and Chezka Centeno in the women’s 9-ball singles.

The Blu Boys survived a stubborn Indonesia side, 6-4, and the Blu Girls played a conservative finals to blank Thailang, 3-0, to complete the softball gold medal sweep.

Olympian Marestella Torres could only jump to 6.41 meters to bag bronze in women’s long jump of athletics won by Asian champion Maria Londa (6.70m). Vietnam’s Bui Thi Thu Tao (6.65m) clinched bronze.

Kayla Richardson, meanwhile, was denied of a sprint double after she settled for the silver medal in the women’s 200m with a clocking of 23.71 seconds. Singapore’s Veronica Pereira won the gold medal with a time of 23.60 while Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Oanh bagged the bronze with 23.92.

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