The Filipinos netted two silver and one bronze medals from fencing and table tennis on Thursday but it wasn’t good enough as ithe Philippines dropped to fifth place in the medal board of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games being held in Singapore.
Fencer Harlene Raguin, a Pangasinan native, settled for the silver medal after bowing to Vietnam’s Thi Len Tran, 7-11, in the women’s individual epee finals held at the OCBC Arena Hall 2.
The 31-year-old Raguin barged into the finals by toppling compatriot Hanniel Abella in the quarterfinals (15-12) and Rania Rahardja of Singapore in the semifinals (15-10).
Another bronze came in from Nathaniel Perez of University of the East, who earned a heartbreaking 14-15 loss to Nguyen Minh Quang of Vietnam in the men’s individual foil semifinals. Perez advanced to the Final Four by ousting Dennis Ariadinata Satriana of Indonesia in the quarterfinal round, 13-15.
Over at the Singapore National Stadium, veteran campaigner Richard Gonzales also fell short against world ranked No. 20 Ning Gao of Singapore in the finals, 6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 3-11, to place second in the table tennis men’s singles.
Gonzales topped Pool C with a clean 4-0 record to reach the semifinals. He defeated Tran Tuan Quynh of Vietnam, Ficky Santoso of Indonesia, Muhamad Muhammad of Malaysia and Thavisack Phathaphone of Laos. The 44-year-old Gonzales then stunned crowd favorite Zhe Yu Clarence Chew of Singapore in the semifinals, 11-4, 10-21, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 12-10, to arrange a showdown with Gao.
Overall, the Philippines has three silver and one bronze medals for fifth place. Justine Gail Tinio bagged the first silver in the women’s individual foil event on Wednesday.
Singapore is still leading with 6-4-7 followed by Vietnam (3-1-5), Thailand (2-2-7) and Malaysia (1-2-2) .