• PH adds 2 to Asean Schools Games gold medal haul

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    The Philippines won two more gold medals from athletics in the 2017 Asean Schools Games being held at the Bishan Stadium in Singapore.

    Thrower James Lozanes posted 66.39 meters to win the top honors in the boys’ javelin throw.

    Lozanes defeated Wang Tingjia of Singapore (59.76m) and Dechochai Pornpraphan of Thailand (59.49m).

    John Marvin Rafols added another gold by ruling the boys’ triple jump.

    Filipino spiker Kenneth Roi Culabat (4th from left) receives a special token from the Ministry of Education Singapore for his honesty after he returned valuable items he found inside the comfort room at the Republic Polytechnic here. Philippine Sports Commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey praises Culabat for his kind act. PSC PHOTO

    Rafols, a Grade 12 student at University of Cebu registered a personal-best of 15.02m to outclass Srinonta Nattapong of Thailand who settled for silver with 14.91m and Filipino bet Karl Arvyn Aquino who took the bronze with 14.88m.

    “I am really happy to bring honor to the country. Big blessing for me as an athlete. It’s hard to compete here (international). You need a lot of confidence, you don’t know your rivals,” Rafols stressed.

    In the opening day, Rafols bagged the bronze medal in the men’s long jump event dominated by Aquino.

    He was actually a basketball player but shifted to jumping event based on the coaches’ recommendation.

    “They told me I’m a strong jumper. Basketball is my first love but I decided to focus on jumping,” added Rafols.

    In swimming, Maurice Sacho Ilustre finished second in the boys’ 50m butterfly in record-breaking fashion.

    He registered 25.61 second to erase the Philippine national junior record of 25.86 seconds in the 16-18 class owned by Ateneo de Manila University standout Rafael Barreto.

    Zoe Marie Hilario, Althea Baluyut, Nicole Pamintuan and Bhay Newberry won one bronze in the girls’ 4x100m freestyle event after checking in at 4:01.48.

    So far, the Philippines has 10 gold, six silver and 16 bronze for fifth place.

    Indonesia is leading with 19 gold, 21 silver and 17 bronze followed by Thailand (19-13-19), Singapore (17-19-19) and Vietnam (13-18-8).

    Malaysia is sixth (9-8-20), Myanmar seventh (0-0-3) and Laos eighth (0-0-1).

    Brunei Darussalam and Cambodia are yet to bag their first medal in the tournament.

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