Philippines clinch SEA Games overall crown with 149 golds, breaking new records

Philippines won 149 golds SEA Games
The National Athletes at the 2019 SEA Games Opening Ceremony. Credits to 2019 SEA Games Facebook.

Basketball, combat sports, athletics, e-sports, and shooting were the big winners on Day 10 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), as the Philippines won the overall championship with 149 golds, 117 silvers, and 119 bronzes in the biggest edition of the SEA Games that featured 56 sports in 530 events.

The total of 385 is the biggest gold and overall medal haul for the Philippines in any Southeast Asian Games competition.

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Vietnam took the 2nd spot with 96 gold and Thailand at 3rd with 92 gold at the end of the events on December 10.

The Gilas Pilipinas men’s and women’s basketball teams showed the way with back-to-back gold medals.

The Gilas Women made history capturing its first-ever championship with a 91-71 victory against Thailand in the gold medal match.

The Gilas men’s team, won its 13th straight championship beating Thailand, 115-81.

Combat sports delivered yet again to the treasure trove of medals with Annie Ramirez and Adrian Guggenheim winning gold medals in jiu-jitsu. Jean Claude Saclag and Gina Iniong also snagged double golds in kickboxing.

Athletics won two more golds as Eric Cray dominated the men’s 400m hurdles and Aries Toledo ruled the decathlon.

Sibol eSports team bagged their third gold of the Games as Caviar Acampado triumphed in Starcraft II.

Cue masters Chezka Centeno and World Pool No. 3 Rubilen Amit teamed up for the gold in the women’s 9-ball pool doubles.

Filipino shooters Eric Ang, Carlos Carag and Alexander Topacio chipped in another gold in men’s trap team, while the men’s soft tennis team also notched the gold.

The men’s volleyball team, playing in the finals for the first time since 1977 won the silver medal after losing to Indonesia in three sets.

The closing ceremony takes places today, December 11, at 4 pm at the New Clark City Athletic Stadium in Capas, Tarlac, in another promising ceremony that is expected to exceed the grand opening held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

The SEA Games organizers have announced that international Filipino artists Arnel Pineda and Apl de Ap with The Black Eyed Peas are expected to deliver world-class performances. The Philippines will officially turn over the hosting chores of the 2021 SEA Games to Vietnam.

CHECK OUT the Recaps of 2019 SEA Games DAY 1, DAY 2, DAY 3, DAY 4, DAY 5, DAY 6, DAY 7, DAY 8, DAY 9 here

SEND congratulations to all the athletes who won and participated in the 2019 SEA Games!

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