Team Philippines claimed 12 more medals as the 2014 Asean University Games approaches its final stretch in Palembang, Indonesia.
Tracksters Ian Delos Santos of Far Eastern University and Ernest John Obiena of University of Santo Tomas, and Ateneo de Manila University swimmers Hannah Dato and Jessie Khing Lacuna delivered gold medals in their respective events.
Delos Santos reigned supreme in the men’s decathlon while Obiena ruled the men’s pole vault.
Dato earned her second gold by topping the women’s 100-meter butterfly in one minute and 1.75 seconds. She earlier ruled the 50m butterfly then added one silver in the women’s 400m Individual Medley (5:02.30).
Lacuna, a veteran of the London Olympic Games, topped the men’s 200m freestyle in 1:52.94.
Elbren Neri of UST chipped in one silver in the men’s 800m run in athletics.
The bronze medals were from Evalyn Palabrica of Far Eastern University (women’s javelin throw), Michelle Loterte of UST (women’s 400-meter hurdles), Riza Jane Domenios (women’s 5-meter platform diving), Denjylie Cordero of University of the Philippines (women’s 100m breaststroke), Lacuna (men’s 400m Individual Medley), and the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay of Lacuna, Axel Ngui, Pierce Beltran and Alberto Batungbacal.
Overall, the Philippines has nine golds, nine silvers and 15 bronzes to stay in fifth place behind Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Tae kwon do jins Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Jocel Ninobla (Mixed Pair Poomsae), Shiryl Badol (Women’s Under 53kg), Francis Aaron Agojo (Men’s Under 58kg) and Aries Capispisan (Men’s Under 80kg) were the first Filipino gold medalists.