SEA Games: Overall championship virtually in Team PHI’s hands
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 09, 2019 12:23 AM
Team Philippines is virtually the overall champion of the 30th Southeast Asian Games with just two competition dates remaining.
Team Philippines drew closer to duplicating its overall rule in the Southeast Asian Games 14 years ago after the host team widened its gap in the medal race on Sunday.
With just two competition playdates left, the Philippines looks poised on winning the general championship with a medal haul of 112 gold, 86 silver and 87 bronze medals after eight days of hostilities in the regional sports extravaganza.
At far second was Indonesia (65-62-79) and Vietnam (65-59-78).
The Philippines last won the overall crown back in 2005 when the country last hosted the biennial meet.
Watersports bets made waves in their respective fronts to add five mints for the PHI’s cause.
Heroic surfer Roger Casogay ruled the men’s longboard while Nilbie Blancada topped the women's shortboard in La Union.
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.
At the Triboa Bay in Subic, Melcah Jen Caballero snared the gold medal in women's lightweight single sculls.
Filipina golfer Bianca Pagdanganan completed the country’s women’s gold sweep after she teamed up with Lois Kaye Go in the team event.
The Blu Girls collected their 10th straight softball gold medal after blanking Indonesia, 8-0.
The PHI Volcanoes triumphed in rugby after beating Malaysia, 19-0, in the final at the Parade Grounds in Clark,
Taekwondo accounted for three gold medals courtesy of Samuel Morrison (men’s -80kg), Dave Cea (men’s -57kg) and Pauline Lopez (women’s -57kg) while William Morrison (men’s shotput), Natalie Uy (women’s pole vault) and the 4x100 mixed relay team delivered mints in athletics at the New Clark City Stadium.
Jojit Francisco and Jaime Rafael De Lange chipped in skateboarding golds in the men’s park and downhill events, respectively, in Tagaytay.
Muay fighters Philip Delarmino (men’s -57kg) and Ariel Lampacan men’s -54kg) also won mints while Rubilen Amit won her gold medal in the women’s 9-ball pool.
Esports’ Sibol reigned supreme in Mobile Legends: Bang-bang at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.