• PH bags five more medals in Palembang

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    Team Philippines copped one gold, two silvers and two bronzes in swimming and athletics in the ongoing Asean University Games in Palembang, Indonesia.

    Ateneo de Manila University tanker Hannah Dato dominated the women’s 50-meter butterfly in 28.33, beating Supasuta Sounthornchote of Thailand (28.36) and Chui Lai Kwan of Malaysia (28.72), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.

    Philippine Swimming League standout Denjylie Cordero of University of the Philippines pocketed a silver in the women’s 200m breaststroke after submitting 2:38.06. Erika Chia Kong of Malaysia took the gold in 2:37.97 while Pornsuda Viniyompong of Thailand got the bronze in 2:42.72.

    Another Ateneo swimmer Ariana Herranz claimed the bronze in the women’s 200m backstroke with a time of 2:24.47. Indonesians Yessy Yosaputra (2:20.32) and Nurul Fitriyanti (2:21.39) finished 1-2 in that event.

    Olympian Jessie Khing Lacuna and Axel Ngui failed to make it to the men’s 400m freestyle podium as they wound up fourth (4:01.53) and sixth (4:09.60), in order.

    In athletics, Janry Ubas bagged the silver in the men’s long jump and Kenny Gonzales placed third in the men’s javelin throw.

    Overall, the Philippines has five golds, six silvers and seven bronzes for fifth place behind Thailand (30-12-9), Indonesia (20-35-14), Vietnam (14-3-0) and Malaysia (12-14-23).

    Tae kwon do jins Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Jocel Ninobla (mixed pair poomsae), Shiryl Badol (women’s under 53-kg.), Francis Aaron Agojo (men’s under 58) and Aries Capispisan (men’s under 80) were the other Filipino gold medalists.

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