Navy Special Ops expert wins 7th gold for Philippines

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 08, 2015 07:07 PM
Navy Special Ops expert wins 7th gold for Philippines
Elvie Baldovino defeated Norizan Mustafa of Singapore of Singapore for the country's first gold medal.

SINGAPORE—Elvie Baldivino, a Navy special operations expert, brought her shooting skills to the 28th Southeast Asian Games arena to bag for the Philippines its seventh gold medal on Monday at the National Shooting Center.

Baldivino, 34 and a Seawoman First Class, defeated Norizan Mustafa of Singapore, 230-228, for the country’s first gold medal of the shooting competitions that offers a total of 26 mints. She reached the quarterfinals in second place with 1460 and was second again with 230 in the semifinals, which Mustafa topped, 234.

Baldivino’s gold also towed the Philippine team that included Carmelita Guillermo and Franchette Shayne Quiros to the silver medal with 1700. Thailand won gold with 1723 in the event more popularly known as practical shooting.

Boxing, meanwhile, became a potential source of gold medals after former world champion Josie Gabuco, Irish Magno and Nesthy Petecio advanced in the women’s division and Roger Ladon and Ian Bautista reached the finals in the men’s side also on Monday at the Expo Hall 1.

Gabuco, also a three-time Sea Games gold medal winner, reached the lightweight finals after disposing of Leona Hui of Singapore, 3-0; Magno beat Ester Kalayukin of Indonesia, 3-0, to fight for the bantamweight gold and Petecio booted out Soyuda Satumrum of Thailand, 3-0, to vie for her first Sea Games mint in the flyweight division.

Bautista knocked out Laos’ Thong Bang Sauaphom in one minute and 13 seconds of the second round—the most impressive win so far by the Filipino boxers here—to advance to the finals on Wednesday, along with Lagon, a 3-0 winner over Bounphone Lasavongsy of Laos in the light flyweight semifinals.

The Filipinos are assured of five silver medals and are in a position to matching, or surpassing the three gold, four silver and three bronze medals a team clinched in the 2013 Myanmar Games.

Riza Pasuit lost her women’s featherweight semifinals bout to Indonesia’s Christina Marwan Jembay, 0-3, to settle for a bronze medal.

Four other Filipino boxers—all in the men’s division—were scheduled to fight in the semifinals late Monday.

Pool legend Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco de la Cruz, meanwhile, settled for bronze medal in the men’s cushion carom after losing to Vietnam’s Ma Minh Cam, 100-84, and Tran Phi Hung, 100-87, respectively, in Monday’s semifinals. Michael Angelo Mengorio added another bronze from the singles event of men’s snookers.

The men’s tennis team of Treat Huey, Francis Alcantara, Ruben Gonzales and Jeson Patrombon lost its semifinal duel with Indonesia, 2-1, to claim bronze in the men’s team event of tennis.

The Philippines remained at seventh on the medal tally board with seven gold, 10 silver and 20 bronze medals. Singapore kept its lofty position at No. 1 with 31-24-45 gold-silver-bronze tally, with Vietnam staying in second place with 24-9-29, followed by Thailand (23-27-24), Indonesia (13-13-21) and Malaysia (12-19-22).

Myanmar stayed ahead of the Philippines with eight gold medals that went with 11 silvers and 15 bronzes. Cambodia had one gold medal to show from sepak takraw, while Laos, Brunei and Timor Leste have yet to bag a medal.

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