The Philippines has broken new ground in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, recording 17 golds and exceeding 200 medals on Day 7 of the biennial meet.
The Philippines stays on top of the medal standings at the end of December 7 with 89 gold, 63 silver, and 65 bronze medals for a total haul of 217 medals for the host nation.
Sprinter Kristina Knott and Pole vaulter EJ Obiena set new Southeast Asian records in the athletics competition.
The Asian Games and Asian Athletics champion athlete Knott captured the gold in the women’s 200-meter dash, with a record time of 23.01 seconds. She also broke the national record at 23.35 seconds which was held by Lydia de Vega for 33 years.
Olympic qualifier EJ Obiena, set a new record in the region as he cleared the 5.45m mark in the pole vault competition. He exceeded the previous record of Thailand’s Porranot Purahong of 5.35m.
Margielyn Didal bagged her second gold medal in the women’s street skate competition, while billiards player Chezka Centeno pocketed her first gold in the 10-ball pool singles.
In tennis, Francis Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon defeated the duo of Ruben Gonzales Jr. and Treat Huey in the men’s doubles event for a Philippines 1-2 finish.
The country’s gold rush continued with combat sports, with the women’s fencing team epee and Junna Tsukii of karatedo adding one each. The jins bagged four golds in the poomsae events.
Water sports such as rowing, canoe, and sailing combined for a total of four golds.
Cris Nievarez and the duo of Joanie Delgaco and Melcah Caballero scored golds for rowing, while Hermie Macaranas captured one for canoe. Lester Tayong and Emerson Villena finished first in the International 470 event for sailing.
Gymnast Daniela dela Pisa snagged her own gold in the hoop apparatus event while Bien Zoleta got her own in soft tennis.
The national sailing team also chipped in the medal count today, with a gold, silver, and bronze in their hand.
The Philippines is looking to keep its top medalist standing today with national athletes vying for the 91 golds at stake. Indonesia is at 2nd spot with 50 golds, Vietnam at 3rd with 43.
The 2019 SEA Games’ 56 sports and 530 events runs until December 11, 2019 in sports hubs located in Manila, Southern Luzon and La Union, Subic, and at the New Clark City.
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