PHI hauls five more gold medals, improves mint count to 15

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 24, 2017 11:44 PM
PHI hauls five more gold medals, improves mint count to 15
Filipino boxer Eumir Marcial celebrates his gold medal win in men's middleweight contest. Marcial's victory is one of the five golden finishes of the Philippines Thursday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.

KUALA LUMPUR --- An athletics golden double feat, a pair of boxers, a quartet in a relatively unfamiliar sport and an ice hockey team made their presence felt to highlight the country’s golden campaign midway into the 29th Southeast Asian Games.

The golden harvest jacked the country’s gold medal count to 15.

Despite cramps and drawing a dubious outer lane, Trenten Beram hurdled both obstacles for the country’s first athletic golden double with a heroic win in the men’s 400-meter run at the National Stadium here Thursday night.

The Filipino-American runner accelerated in the last 10 meters in winning the gold in 46.39 seconds to follow-up to his triumph in the men’s 200-meter race on Wednesday.

Filipino-British newcomer Marvin John Tupas announced his arrival in style while Eumir Felix Marcial affirmed his status as one of the region’s heaviest puncher as they clinched the gold medal in their respective weight classes at the Malaysia International Trade and Convention Center here.

Tupas didn’t waste precious time as he landed a big right straight right into the face of Adli Hafidz Bin Mohd Pauzi of Malaysia in the first eight seconds before unloading a barrage of body punches with more than two minutes left to conquer the gold medal in light heavyweight class.

Prior to that speedy stoppage, Marcial worked hard for three rounds before securing a unanimous decision victory over Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand in the middleweight class.

Despite being bothered by a painful left hand, Marcial poured everything he had to outbox the Thai and clinch his first gold medal since ruling the welterweight class in the Singapore SEA Games in 2007.

After missing the past four editions of the SEA Games, the country’s lawn bowls squad pulled off a shocker as it won the gold medal in men’s fours event.

The quartet of Emmanuel Protacio, Ronald Lising, Leoncio Carreon and Cuarte Robert Guari edged heavyweight Malaysia, 16-14, in the finals to clinch the gold medal in their its first SEA Games action since 2007.

Composed of Zulhimie Redzuan, Izzat Shameer Dzulkeple, Safuan Said and Daeng Dhadry Dahasry, the home team was no match to the Filipinos’ accuracy and precision.

The Thais settled for the bronze.

Capping the day’s good golden haul were the Mighty Ducks, who scored a dramatic 5-4 win against Thailand in the men's ice hockey championship match.

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