THE Philippines secured one gold and one silver in tae kwon do poomsae [form]to sustain the country’s drive in the medal race of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.
Veteran jins Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr., bronze medalists in the 2014 World Tae kwon do Poomsae Championship, performed a flawless routine in topping the men’s team event.
They scored 7.850 points to beat silver medalists Le Hieu Nghia, Le Thanh Trung and Nguyen Thien of Vietnam (7.720) and bronze winners Muhamad Fazzah Fitracahyanto, Maulana Haidir and Muhammad Wahyu of Indonesia (7.505).
World Tae kwon do Hanmadang Championships gold medalist Rinna Babanto had 7.480 points in the women’s individual to settle for silver while Singaporean dominated the event with 8.00 points.
Habiba Mutiara of Indonesia took the bronze (7.365).
Kyorugi [sparring]bets Francis Aaron Agojo and Levita Ilao open their bids today against Heng Chan Ty of Cambodia (men’s under 58 kgs. quarterfinals) and Alisa Panyasyli of Laos (women’s under 49 kgs. quarterfinals.).
In another heartbreaking day, Jeson Patrombon and Katharina Lehnert were limited to bronze medals after losing to Thai netters in their respective singles matches in tennis.
Patrombon succumbed to Sornbutnark Warit, 4-6, 1-6, and Lehnert bowed to Varatchaya Wongteanchai, 5-7, 1-6.
The shooting team also produced another bronze courtesy of the men’s trap team of Hagen Alexander Topacio, Miguel David Laperal and Eric Ang.
In volleyball, the Power Pinays shoot for a spot in the semifinals when they face powerhouse Vietnam today at 10 a.m. at the OCBC Arena Hall 2.
The Filipina spikers currently hold a 1-1 record and must beat the Vietnamese in straight sets to advance to the next round.
Overall, the Philippines kept its sixth-place position with 23 golds, 28 silvers and 46 bronzes as topnotcher Singapore reached the 200-medal mark on Friday with 70 golds, 58 silvers and 74 bronzes.
Perennial title contenders Thailand (60-65-50) and Vietnam (60-34-50) are in a neck-and-neck battle for second spot while Malaysia is in fourth with 34-38-47 and Indonesia in fifth with 29-36-50.