Philippine jin Francis Agojo made it to the gold medal round after beating Cambodia’ Ty Heng Chan, 35-6, in the quarterfinals of the 58-kilogram class then outlasted Singapore’s Junwei Tan Jason, 20-13, in the semifinals of the tae kwon do competition of the 28th Southeast Asian Games at the Expo Hall Tatami in Singapore.
Besides Agojo, Levita Ilao assured herself of a bronze medal after defeating Alisa Panyasyli of Laos, 12-0, of women’s 49 kg. class. The tae kwon do finals were still being played at press time.
In tennis, Jeson Patrombon and Ruben Gonzales of Philippines lost to Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana in the doubles finals, 4-6, 4-6. Francis Casey Alcantara and Treat Huey settled for bronze in the men’s doubles after losing to Thai opponents Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8, in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Treat Huey and Denise Dy won over Tamarine Tanasugarn and Sanchai Ratiwatana of Thailand, 6-2, 6-3, in the mixed doubles semifinals earning them a slot in the gold medal round. Dy and Katharina Lehnart also won over Tamarine Tanasugarn and Plipuech Peangtarn of Thailand, 1-6, 6-2, 10-8, to enter the women’s doubles finals.
In archery, Amaya Paz-Cojuangco eyes a third gold medal in the women’s individual compound archery finals today when she meets Malaysian Fatin Nurfatellah Mat Salleh at the Kallan Cricket field.
Rower Nestor Cordova also entered the finals of men’s 1000-meter singles sculls at the Marina Channel.
Also moving in the finals was Justine Vinas, who also finished third in the (3:41.65) in the men’s 1,000-meter light sculls repechage. Besides Cordova and Vinas, also seeing action in the rowing finals today are Sydney Olympian Benjie Tolentino and Edgar Ilas in the men’s 1,000-meter lightweight double sculls and Alvin Amposta and Roque Abala Jr. in the men’s 1,000-meter open pairs.
In athletics, Christopher Ulboc retained the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase title by posting 8:59.07 against Vietnamese Tien San Pham’s 8:59.20 and Indonesian Atjong Purwanto’s 9:06.41.
The Philippines remains at the sixth spot with a total medal tally of 24 gold medals, 31 silvers and 59 bronze medals.