Three more gold medals were added to the bag of team Philippines with athletics living up to expectations after nailing a record-breaking feat in hammer throw event on Tuesday in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Singapore.
Filipino-American Caleb John Christian Stuart debuted with a bang as he registered a record-breaking mark of 65.63 meters on his third attempt to rule the men’s hammer throw event. He smashed the 62.23m old mark of Thai Tanti Petchaiya.
“I’m happy that I came here and did what I had to do and win gold for our country. I couldn’t have done it without that woman in the white hat,” said the 24-year-old Stuart referring to his mom Rowena, who personally watch the game alongside Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico.
Petchaiya wound up second with 62.18m while Jackie Swiew Wong of Malaysia finished third with 61.18m. Former SEA Games champion Arniel Ferrera settled for fourth with a season-best 60.08m.
The second gold of the Philippines for the day came from billiards as teen sensation Chezka Centeno stunned former world champion Rubilen Amit in an all-Filipina finals, 7-5, to bag the women’s 9-ball singles gold medal.
The 15-year-old Centeno barged into the finals by ousting Siriphat Chitchomnart of Thailand in the semifinals (7-5), Tan Hui Ming of Singapore in the quarterfinals (7-3) and Doan Thi Ngoc of Vietnam in the first round (7-4).
A surprise gold was delivered by gymnast Reyland Capellan, who ruled the men’s floor exercise in artistic gymnastics.
Capellan, 21, garnered 14.733 points to stun early favorites Hoe Wah Toon of Singapore (14.566) and Pham Phuoc Hung of Vietnam (14.500), who bagged the silver and bronze, respectively.
Overall, the Philippines is still seventh with 10 golds, 13 silvers and 25 bronzes.
Singapore stayed on top with 43-38-49 followed by Thailand (31-35-28), Vietnam (29-14-34), Malaysia (17-21-27), Indonesia (16-14-33) and Myanmar (10-16-16).
In other results, sprinter Eric Shauwn Cray topped the men’s 100m-dash heat following his 10.28-second showing to earn a ticket in the eight-man finals.
Also earning finals berths in the women’s century dash were Kayla Richardson and Princess Griffey. Richardson submitted a qualifying time of 11.69 seconds while Griffey had 11.83 seconds.
Former Asian Championship gold medalist Marestella Torres aims to reclaim her women’s long jump crown at 4:30 p.m. today.
In softball, the Philippines made it to the finals of the men and women’s divisions after blanking their respective semifinal foes. The Blu Boys humiliated the Singaporeans via an 8-0 decision while the Blu Girls scored a 10-0 demolition of the host country.