Philippine tankers have won one gold and one silver on the final day of the swimming competition in the 2017 Asean Schools Games at the Singapore Sports School in Singapore.
Maurice Sacho Ilustre, a former member of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL), ruled the boys’ 200m butterfly.
The Grade 12 student at De La Salle Zobel posted two minutes and 03.67 seconds to outclass Rhys Jun Kai of Singapore (2:05.58) and Zelmi Aryalingga Azel of Indonesia (2:06.01).
It was Ilustre’s fourth gold medal in the tournament making her the most bemedalled member of Team Philippines.
“My (four-week) training in the US really helped me improve,” said Ilustre who also ruled the 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly.
Another former PSL standout Bhay Maitland Newberry won a silver in the girls’ 50m backstroke with a time record of 30.95 seconds.
Indonesian Kemala Fathihia Sofie won the event with 30.47 seconds while Thai Tepbud Sutatta finished third with 31.26.
The boys and girls volleyball teams, on the other hand, took home bronze medals after losing in their respective matches at the Republic Polytechnic.
The boys’ team lost to Indonesia, 25-15, 25-19, 25-23, while the Filipina spikers also suffered losses to the Indonesians, 25-18, 25-20, 25-16.
Team Philippines garnered 13 gold, eight silver and 21 bronze, surpassing its 11-gold, 14-silver, 22-bronze output in the 2014 edition.
“All of the events contributed medals that’s why I’m really satisfied with our performance,” said chef de mission Rizalino Jose Rosales.
EMIL C. NOGUERA