University of the East standout Justine Gail Tinio bagged the country’s first medal in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games after finishing second in women’s individual foil of the fencing competitions on Wednesday at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 in Singapore.
The 19-year-old Tinio settled for silver medal as she absorbed a 7-15 loss at the hands of Wang Wenying of Singapore in the championship round.
Nonetheless, the Philippines is now ranked fourth in the medal board with one silver while Singapore is leading the pack with three golds, two silvers and three bronzes followed by Vietnam with 1-0-3 and defending champion Thailand with 0-1-4.
Tinio, the reigning University Athletic Association of the Philippines Most Valuable Player, made it to the finals by ousting Myanmar’s May Tinzar Kayw in the first round (15-13), and Vietnam bets top seed Thi Anh Do in the quarterfinals (15-11) and Nguyen Thi Ho in the semifinals (15-6).
Not as lucky was Eric Brando 2nd who was beaten by Peng Kean Yu of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the men’s individual sabre. Brando earned an opening round bye after finishing fifth in the pool round.
Gian Franco Rodriguez and Noelito Jose Jr. also succumbed in the first round of the men’s individual epee knockout stage.
Jose suffered a 6-15 loss to Mun Hou Samson Lee of Singapore while Rodriguez lost to Muhammad Haerullah of Indonesia via a close 11-13 decision.
In table tennis, Sendrina Balatbat and Ryan Rodney Jacolo failed to advance to the medal round of the mixed doubles event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. They suffered a 5-11, 1-11, 5-11 defeat against Yu Mengyu and Yang Zi of Singapore in the quarterfinals.