PH athletes bag three more gold medals in Naypyitaw

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SEA-Games20131218The Philippines bagged three more gold medals—two in golf and one in tae kwon do—in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.

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Junior golfer Princess Superal won the women’s individual crown against silver medalist Yin May Myo of Myanmar and bronze medalist Tatiana Wijaya of Indonesia.

Superal then connived with Katrina Marie Briones and Clare Amelia Legazpi in copping the women’s team title.

The national poomsae (forms) team also lived up to the expectations as Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Vidal Marvin Gabriel had a flawless performance to earn the men’s poomsae team gold medal.

They scored 7.920 points in beating Indonesians Maulana Haidir, Muhamad Fazza Fitra-cahyanto and Muhammad Abdurrahman Wahyu (7.590 points) and Thais Chaiyasit Kwanboon, Pongporn Suvit-tayarak and Poonpattara Bunlop (7.550 points).

Gabriel added one more silver in the men’s individual category. He scored with 8.035 points. Unheralded Thaw Zin Han of host Myanmar surprisingly won the event with 8.400 points while Anh Minh Le of Vietnam settled for bronze with 7.970.

Ma. Carla Janice Lagman, Rani Ortega and Rinna Babanto were the biggest casualties after failing to defend the women’s team crown.

The trio got 7.665 points, good enough to win the bronze medal. Vietnam (7.950), Thailand (7.785) and Indonesia (7.670) took the top three spots.

The women’s poomsae team composed of Lagman, Ortega and former member Francesca Alarilla, topped the 2009 edition in Laos and 2011 Games in Indonesia.

The Philippines raised its gold-medal haul to 17. Other gold medalists are Henry Dagmil, Archand Christian Bagsit and Eric Cray of athletics; Daniel Parantac, Jessie Aligaga and Dembert Arcita of wushu; Josie Gabuco, Mark Barriga and Mario Fernandez of boxing; Ramon Franco of karatedo; Mark Galle-do of cycling; Nestor Cordova of rowing; the men’s compound archery team; and the men’s basketball team.

As of 4:30 p.m. (Wednesday in Manila), defending champion Thailand is still on top with 66 golds, 63 silvers and 57 bronzes followed by Myan-mar (52-41-49), Vietnam (51-48-54), Indonesia (47-59-67), Malaysia (27-25-49), Singapore (23-21-31), Philippines (17-21-26), Cambodia (5-7-14), Laos (4-8-24), Brunei (1-1-4) and Timor-Leste (1-0-2).

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