POC satisfied with Philippines' sixth place finish in the 28th SEA Games

Mark Escarlote on Jun 16, 2015 08:03 AM
POC satisfied with Philippines' sixth place SEAG finish
Ang amin naman talaga is to improve in the previous ranking e --- POC second-vice president Joey Romasanta

SINGAPORE --- Though the Philippines failed to reach its mark of at least 40 gold medals and only equaled the number of mints the country collected two years ago, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) officials are satisfied with the performance of the national delegation in the 28th Singapore Southeast Asian Games here.

Team Philippines finished with 29 gold medals including 36 silvers and 66 bronze at sixth place – a notch higher than the country’s worst ever finish at seventh place in the 2013 Myanmar Games.

POC second vice-president Joey Romasanta said that that it was still a successful campaign for the Filipinos since most of their golds came from Olympic sports like boxing, athletics, and taekwondo.

"Ang amin naman talaga is to improve in the previous ranking e," he said. "Doon naman tayo napunta kasi dati seventh tayo. But what is noticeable also is right now sa pagkakatanda ko, except for wushu, all the medals that we gained came from Olympic sports.

"Malaking bagay yun kasi even Southeast Asia is concerned about the declining gold medals from the Olympics (sports)," he added. "Kasi napupunta tayo sa mga indigenous sports, sa traditional ang cultural sports, mga ganyan."

Filipino boxers emerged as the most productive as they won five gold, three silver and two bronze medals out of their 10-man unit.

The athletics team, for their part, contributed with five gold medals coming from the twin victories of Eric Cray in the men's 100-meter dash and men's 400-meter hurdles and Kayla Richardson’s win in the women’s century dash to become first Filipina to snatch make the feat since Elma Muros ruled the 1995 Chiang Mai Games event.

Another Filipino-American, Caleb Stuart had a record-breaking golden heave in the men’s hammer throw event while Christopher Ulboc Jr. retained his crown in the men’s 3000-m. steeple chase.

Taekwondo delivered three gold medals courtesy of its men's poomsae squad, the comely Pauline Lopez (women's -57kg) and Samuel Morrison (men's -68kg).

Romasanta also stressed that the number of delegates shouldn't be the barometer of the success since bulk of the members of the Philippine contingent came from team sports such as men's and women's basketball, men's and women's volleyball, netball, rugby, floorball, football and men's and women's softball.

"Unlike in the 2013 na puro individual players ang pinadala natin, we competed in a lot of team sports this year," Romasanta said. "That's why kahit malaki ang number of contingent natin ngayon, successful pa din kasi karamihan sa kanila galing sa team sports."

The meet will officially close Tuesday night with a ceremony that promised to equal the explosive and colorful opening festivities two weeks ago.



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