SEA Games: Teen coach all smiles despite no medal for PHI in Speed Ice Skating
Paul Lintag on Dec 03, 2019 07:20 PM
“The performance of my team, they did great for their first time of competing. — 18-year-old national team coach Chino Mulingtapang.
MANILA — The Philippines’ performance in Ice Skating Short Track Speed for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games was promising considering the team’s circumstances.
Pretty much all of the team are competing in their first SEA Games, including their 18-year-old head coach.
Chino Mulingtapang, who still attends school as a senior high school student, only has good words for his team that saw action Tuesday at SM Megamall.
“The performance of my team, they did great for their first time of competing,” he said.
“It’s very hard for them, they were nervous and stressed out. But in the end, even if there were falls, they did their best. They enjoyed competing in the SEA Games,” Coach Chino added.
Unfortunately despite the team’s best effort, there are no medals for the Philippines in Ice Skating Short Track Speed in the men’s and women’s divisions, at least for the 500M category and the 3000M relay for women.
In the women’s 500M, Kayla Gonzales place 6th overall after clocking in at 51.888 seconds in her final heat.
Singapore’s Cheyenne Goh ended up taking the gold medal, clocking in a 46.421 seconds in the Final. Malaysian duo Dione Tan Dione and Anja Chong took silver and bronze respectively.
In men’s action, Marc Gonzales also placed 6th with a final heat time of 44.326 seconds. Kyla Macaraeg landed in 8th place.
In the end, Thailand’s Natthapat Kancharin won the gold medal for the men’s Short Track Speed Skating with a time of 43.763 seconds in the Final. Wihardja got silver for Indonesia with 44.604 seconds.
Thailand’s Triphop Thongngam complete the podium with 51.810 seconds for the bronze medal.
In the women’s 3000M Relay, the Philippines missed out on the podium with a total time of 5:26.058 minutes. Malaysia won gold with a time of 4:53.235. Indonesia and Singapore took silve and bronze respectively.
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