Olympian weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and Gilas Pilipinas basketball men and women’s teams led the gold medal victories of the Philippines on Day 2 of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), keeping the host country on top of the medal standings.
The official medal tally board of the 2019 SEA Games places the Philippines on top with 39 gold, 22 silver, 14 bronze for a total of 75 medals by the end of December 2.
The Philippines is seeking to better its 2005 SEA Games top medalist finish of 113 gold, 84 silver, 94 bronze for a total of 291 medals as the nation’s athletes compete in the 2019 SEA Games’ 56 sports and 530 events.
Monica Torres won the first gold for the Philippines on Day 2 of the SEA Games, clinching the Women’s Duathlon Individual event in Subic.
The National Triathlon Team again dominated the Subic events with Day 1 triathlon champions John Chicano and Kim Mangrobang forming a Triathlon Mixed Team with Claire Adorna and Fernando Casares to claim the gold medal for the SEA Games Mixed Team Relay.
Twin golds were secured by the Philippines’ cyclists as John Derick Farr took the gold in the SEA Games Men’s Mountain Bike Downhill and Lea Denise Belgira captured gold in the Women’s Mountain Bike Downhill event held in Laurel, Batangas.
Edmar Tacuel picked up a gold medal for the host nation in the Indonesian martial arts Pencak Silat Men’s Seni Tunggal Singles event.
Jones Inso gave the Philippines its second gold in Wushu, snagging his top medal in the Wushu Men’s Taijijian event. Agatha Wong secured a Wushu medal on Day 1.
The National Arnis Team bettered the Day 1 gold haul of 5, adding 7 more golds on Day 2 of its campaign with top podium finishes in the Women’s Padded Stick Events for Ross Ashley Monville, Abegail Abad, Jedah Mae Soriano, and Sheena del Monte. Men’s Padded Stick gold medals were clinched by Carloyd Tejada, Elmer Manlapas, and Jesfer Huquire.
Gilas Pilipinas Men and Women teams dominated the 3×3 basketball events with the men completing their sweep and the women bagging their first-ever gold medal.
Hidilyn Diaz, Rio Olympics silver medalist and Asian Games gold winner, added points to her bid for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers as she lifted 91 kilograms in the Snatch event and 120 kgs. in the Clean and Jerk for a total of 211 kgs. that secured the gold in the 55-kg weight division.
Diaz’s gold finish was her first-ever at the SEA Games, made even sweeter as she delivered in front of the home crowd at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.
The 2019 SEA Games officially kicked off with a first-ever-for-the-SEA Games indoor Grand Opening Ceremony on November 30 at the Philippine Arena and will run until December 11, 2019, in four sports hubs, namely, in Manila, Southern Luzon and La Union, Subic, and at the New Clark City in Tarlac.
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