PH athletes grab 41 gold medals, surpassing past SEAG record

Wushu star Agatha Wong became the first Pinoy athlete to win two individual gold medals in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. | photo by Efigenio Toledo IV

FILIPINO athletes continue to bring pride to the country as they make amazing feats in their respective sporting events in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

As of Tuesday, December 3, 2:34 p.m., the host Philippines has bagged a total of 41 gold medals, surpassing its 24 golden haul in the 2017 edition of the regional sports meet.

The country also acquired 26 silver medals and 15 bronze for a total of 82 medals.

Team Philippines’ gold medalists include Olympic silver and Asian Games gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz who finally secured her first gold medal in the women’s 55kg weightlifting event in the biennial meet. 

Gilas Pilipinas men’s and women’s teams both had a perfect sweep of the 3×3 basketball tournament in the event. Lea Denise Belgira and John Derrick Farr, meanwhile, won the gold medal in the women’s and men’s downhill mountain bike.

The arnis team won seven of the eight available golds for the padded stick competition thanks to Jesfer Huquire (men’s bantamweight), Elmer Manlapas (men’s featherweight), Carloyd Tejada (men’s welterweight), Sheena del Monte (women’s bantamweight), Jedah Mae Soriano (women’s featherweight), Ross Ashley Monville (women’s lightweight), and Abegail Abad (women’s welterweight). 

The country also dominated in triathlon with Kim Mangrobang, Clare Adorna, John Chicano, and Fernando Caseres winning a gold medal in the mixed team relay.

Other athletes who added to the Philippines’ golden haul are Rodel Labayo and Angelo Morales (lawn ball pairs), Monica Torres (duathlon), Edmar Tacuel (seti tinggal singles event), and Agatha Wong (taolu taijijian).

The 2019 SEA Games officially kicked off with a grand opening ceremony at the Philippine Arena on November 30 and will run until December 11, 2019. 

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