SEA Games: Heroic surfer leads way as the Philippines collects golds in water sports

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 08, 2019 04:46 PM
Heroic surfer leads way as PHI collect golds in water sports
The Philippine surfing team led by hero surfer Roger Casogay finished with two gold medals, two silver and three bronze. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Soriano)

Heroic surfer Roger Casogay copped the gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s longboard open on Sunday at the Monalisa Point-Little Surfmaid-Kahuna in La Union.

Casogay, who made headlines on Friday after saving Arip Nurhidayat of Indonesia from drowning, outpointed fellow La Union surfer Jay-R Esquivel, 14.50-14.20, to claim the gold for the PHI’s 1-2 finish.  

His feat highlighted Team Philippines’ total of five gold medals in water sports.

Casogay defeated Nurhidayat in the morning heat for a rematch of their postponed match. Casogay came to the rescue of Nurhidayat when his surfing leash snapped.     

Meanwhile, Filipina Nilbie Blancada ruled the women's shortboard.

John Mark Tokong of Siargao claimed bronze in men's shortboard, Ikit Agudo won silver for women's longboard while Daisy Valdez finished with bronze medals in women's shortboard and longboard.

At the DECA Wakeboard Park in Pampanga, Jhondi Wallace clinched the gold medal in men’s wake skate while Susan Larsson ruled the distaff side of the event.

Wallace collected 70.33 points to outclass silver medalist Polapat Romchatngoen of Thailand (67.00) while FilipinoC Christian Michael Joson settled for bronze (64.33). Larsson took the runaway gold with 61.00 points ahead of runners-up Thip Penpayap (50.00) and Singapore’s Alysha Nur (39.33).

In other results, Samantha Bermudez took silver in women’s wakeboard, Raphael Trinidad also settled for solve in men’s wakeboard ahead of Ralph Gelo Villaro.  

At Triboa Bay in Subic, rower Melcah Jen Caballero snared the gold medal in women's lightweight single sculls.

The tanden of Edgar Ilas and Roque Abala Jr. snatched bronze in men's lightweight double sculls. 

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