World gymnastics champion Carlos Edriel Yulo, and the dancesport and arnis athletes led the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) Day 1 medal haul for Team Philippines which amassed 22 gold, 14 silver, and 11 bronze medals, sending the host nation on top of the medal standings.
Olongapo’s homegrown athlete John Chicano secured the country’s third straight SEA Games Men’s Triathlon gold and defending champion Kim Mangrobang successfully kept her champion title, also the third repeat of the country’s SEA Games Women’s Triathlon gold in the swim-bike-run races.
It was another double gold for the Philippines’ hoops team that claimed both Men’s and Women’s events in Sepak Takraw.
Martial artist Agatha Wong defended her title, bagging the gold in Wushu’s Taolu Taijiquan event.
The Filipinos’ online gaming skills have also started showing as Jan Emmanuel Garcia won the gold medal in the Individual Online Chess event.
Filipinos displayed their prowess in the Arnis event, earning 5 gold medals for the homegrown sport that has become an iconic symbol for Philippine martial arts.
The returning dancesport event, last held at the 2005 SEA Games that was hosted by the Philippines, lived up to expectations as Filipino dancers brought in 10 gold medals.
As the nation turned its attention to the main event at the newly restored historic Rizal Memorial Coliseum, 2020 Olympian Carlos Yulo dominated the Men’s All-Around Gymnastics event claiming his first SEA Games medal.
The Philippines is campaigning to better its 2005 SEA Games medal haul of 113 gold, 84 silver, 94 bronze for a total of 291 medals as the nation’s athletes compete in 56 sports and 530 events. The 2019 SEA Games will run until December 11, 2019.
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