Philippines adds more medals from SEA Games boat races

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 08, 2019 02:33 PM
Philippines adds more medals from SEA Games boat races
(Photo courtesy of Bianca Dava)

SUBIC - The Philippines continued to make waves in boat races in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games as it scored a gold and a bronze medal apiece to add to its total haul, Sunday.

First, Melcah Jean Caballero topped the lightweight women's scull event in rowing at ACEA Beach Resort here.

Caballero raced to a total time of 7:50.89 - almost four seconds faster than her closest competitor.

That closest competitor was silver medalist Rojjana Raclao of Thailand at 7:54.23 while bronze medalist Putri Mutiara of Indonesia was at 7:56.85.

Over at Malawaan Park, Filipinos bagged bronze in the mixed 22-seater 500m traditional boat race.

They logged a total time of 1:58.42 after falling behind gold medalist Indonesia at 1:53.75 as well as silver medalist Thailand at 1:55.15.

The Philippines wasn't so lucky in the mixed 22-seater 1000m and men's four-seater 500m events, however.

The host country was seen as one of the top teams in the mixed 22-seater 1000m traditional boat race, but could not overcome its  inexperience compared to eventual gold medalist Indonesia.

The Indonesians were the pacesetters from start to finish and wound up with a total time of 4:07.54.

They were followed by Thailand at 4:12.39 for the silver and then Myanmar at 4:12.43 for the bronze.

The Filipinos, counting several teenagers in its national team, clocked in at 4:20.72 to end at fourth.

They also finished fourth in the men's four-seater 500m event with a total time of 2:48.14.

Ahead were gold medalist Indonesia at 2:31.29, silver medalist Myanmar at 2:31.90, and bronze medalist Thailand at 2:44.92.

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