SEA Games: Team PHI hauls 23 gold medals in Day 1

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 02, 2019 07:01 AM
SEA Games: Team PHI hauls 23 gold medals in Day 1
Dancesport delivered 10 gold medals for the Philippines in Day 1 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. (Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News)

Team Philippines tied its total gold medal output two years ago with a deluge of mints in Day 1 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Sunday.

The host bets burned the dance floor with 10 gold medals in dancesport while Rambo Chicano opened the flood gates as he drew first blood for the host nation.

A total of 23 gold medals went to the coffers of the Philippines as it duplicated the country’s total output in Kuala Lumpur two years ago. The PHI actually won 24 gold in 2017 but was stripped of its lone gold in equestrian after Colin Syquia was disqualified after his horse Adventure E tested positive of banned a substance.  

Chicano made up for the absence of two-time gold medalist Nikko Huelgas, who came up short for qualifying in the competition, as he crossed the finish line with a clocking of 1:53:26 at the Subic Bay Boardwalk to deliver the Philippines its first gold medal.

But it was the dancesport team that took the spotlight as the Filipino dancers strutted their way to 10 mints at the Royce Hotel in Clark.

Only four gold medals out of the 14 mints at stake slipped from the hands of the home team.

Partners Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Marie Caneda collected gold medals in single dance samba, single dance chacha and single dance rumba. Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo won golds in pasodoble and all five dances while the tandem of Sean Aranar and Ana Nualla won in tango, all five dances and Viennese Waltz while the pair of Mark Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen ruled the waltz and foxtrot.

At the Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga, arnis accounted for five gold from Jezebel Morcillo in women’s bantamweight, Dexter Bolambao in men’s bantamweight, Villardo Cunamay in men’s lightweight, Nino Mark Talledo in men’s featherweight and Mark Banares in men’s welterweight.       

In wushu, Agatha Wong notched Team PHI's second gold of the day with a succesful defense of her women's taijiquan crown at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Tokyo Olympics bet Caloy Yulo opened his gymnastics campaign with a gold medal in the men’s all-around at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Two gold medals came from sepak takraw in the men’s and women’s hoop events while Kim Mangrobang completed the Philippines’ triathlon win after ruling the distaff side.

Estie Gay Liwanes topped the women’s 63 kg. in kurash while IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia bagged the gold in online chess.

The Philippines won 12 silver and nine bronze medals to close out Day 1.

Alisson Perticheto and Christopher Caluza bagged silver medals in women’s and men’s figure skating, respectively.  Kim Remolino finished second to Chicano while Kim Kilgroe gave the Filipinas a 1-2 finish in triathlon.

Other silver medalists were Jude Oliver Rodriguez (arnis), John Fabliar Ceniza (weightlifting), Niño Surban (cycling), Jenielou Mosqueda (kurash), Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo and partners Mark Jayson Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen (dancsport), men’s polo and men’s water polo.

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