Philippines' SEA Games gold rush continues in pencak silat

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 02, 2019 06:33 PM
Philippines' SEA Games gold rush continues in pencak silat
The Philippines keeps making noise in pencak silat

SUBIC - The Philippines proved that its win in pencak silat two years ago was no fluke as it grabbed the gold in the sport's first event in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Edmar Tacuel reigned supreme in the seni tunggal male event, Monday at Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center, with a score of 470.

Tacuel got 296 points in accuracy and 174 points in firmness, rating higher in both criteria than silver medalist Muhammad Iqbal Bin Abdul Rahman of Singapore and bronze winner Dino Bima Sulistianto of Indonesia.

Rahman scored 461 while Silistianto scored 460.

This win follows the Filipinos' breakthrough in the 2017 SEA Games when Dimes Dumaan claimed the country's first gold medal in pencak silat in over a decade.

Before that, the Philippines last won an event in the sport back in 2005 thanks to Earl Buenviaje.

Later in the day, Abad brothers Alfau Jan and Almohaidib scored a silver medal in the seni ganda male event.

The brothers actually had a similar score with gold medalist Malaysia, but the jury ultimately ruled that the latter was first while the former was second.

As per competition rules, ties will be broken by decision of the jury.

The bronze went to Indonesia.

In the seni regu male event, Team Philippines ranked sixth with Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia going 1, 2, and 3.

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