The Philippines wrapped up its campaign with six gold, 13 silver and 18 bronze medals, good for sixth place in the 2016 Asean University Games held in Singapore.
The athletics team was the most decorated squad with three golds, five silvers and four bronzes with Elbren Neri (men’s 800m run), Jomar Angus (men’s 1,500m run) and Marylyn Avila (women’s 400m hurdles nailing mints in their respective events.
Fencing delivered the three other gold medals courtesy of University Athletic Association of the Philippines champion Nathaniel Perez (men’s individual foil), the men’s epee team and the women’s foil team.
Swimming offered a total of 38 gold medals but the Filipino tankers could only produced three silvers – all from Ateneo de Manila University’s Hannah Dato – and five bronzes – three from Dato, one from Ariana Herranz and one from the 4x100m medley relay team.
Powerhouse Thailand bagged the overall championship crown with 52 golds, 34 silvers and 35 bronzes followed by Indonesia with 33-54-28, Malaysia with 27-31-35, Vietnam with 26-10-13 and host Singapore with 24-19-30.
The Philippine delegation failed to surpass the country’s fifth place finish in the 2014 edition held in Palembang, Indonesia where it won 10 golds, 11 silvers and 23 bronzes.
The Philippines’ best placing in the multisporting event for college students was in 2002 Manila Asean University Games when the Filipino athletes claimed 20 gold medals for third place overall behind Indonesia and Thailand.