Philippine Chief of Mission Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla is happy with the team’s medal harvest of two golds and three silvers in the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China.
“I was confident we can win the gold here but our athletes did not only deliver one but two gold medals on top of three silver medals,” said Padilla Saturday. “Definitely we can still do better. The talent is there. In as much as Southeast Asia is concerned, we could have improved our performance.”
The gold medals were won by golfer Mia Legaspi and tae kwon do bet Pauline Louise Lopez, while Princess Superal of golf, Francis Aaron Agojo of tae kwon do and Jurence Mendoza of tennis settled for silver medals.
Padilla said the 54-strong delegation is the best team ever assembled by the Philippines in the quadrennial event.
The country won a silver and a bronze in the 2009 1st Asian Youth Games in Singapore.
The Philippines ended 12th among 45 countries in the medal standings. China finished on top (46-23-24), South Korea (25-13-14), Japan (7-5-6), Thailand (6-5-16) and Chinese Taipei (6-11-13).
Singapore came in next at 5-12-6, then Vietnam (5-4-2), Malaysia (4-6-7), North Korea (4-2-5), India (3-4-7), Hong Kong (2-5-13), the Philippines (2-3-0) and Indonesia (1-2-2).
The Filipino athletes also competed in athletics, badminton, basketball, fencing, judo, weightlifting, rugby, swimming, table tennis and shooting.
JOSEF T. RAMOS