The Philippines earned four more gold medals – three in fencing and one in athletics – in the 2016 Asean University Games being held in Singapore.
Southeast Asian Games veteran Nathaniel Perez led the team’s campaign as he pocket the men’s individual foil gold medal by beating Zhang Zhenggang of Singapore in the finals.
The team also secured gold medals in the men’s epee team bannered by University of Santo Tomas (UST) fencers, and women’s foil team composed of University of the East standouts.
Besides the gold medals, the team added two silvers courtesy of Justine Gail Tino in women’s individual foil and the men’s team foil, and five bronzes from Michael Nicanor (men’s individual foil), Noelito Jose Jr. (men’s individual epee), Christian Hester Concepcion (men’s individual saber), Dryen Faith Penaflor (women’s individual foil) and the women’s saber team.
In athletics, the Philippines completed a 1-2 finish in the men’s 1,500m run with Jomar Angus of Far Eastern University winning the gold in three minutes and 59.47 seconds and Elbren Neri of UST getting the silver in 3:59.51.
It was the second medal of Neri who earlier dominated the men’s 800m run.
The athletics team wrapped up its campaign with three golds, five silvers and four bronzes.
Marylyn Avila topped the women’s 400m hurdles while Janry Ubas (men’s long jump), Louielyn Pamatian (women’s 800m run) and Evalyn Palabrica (women’s javelin throw) won silvers, and Sarah Dequinan (women’s javelin throw), Joida Gagnao (women’s 3,000m steeplechase), Kenny Gonzales (men’s javelin throw) and Clinton Bautista (men’s 400m hurdles) earned bronzes in their respective events.
In table tennis, Rio-bound Ian Lariba settled for silver in the women’s singles then steered the women’s doubles to a second-place finish and the women’s team to third place.
In basketball, National University absorbed a 57-64 loss to Thailand to grab the silver medal in the women’s division. The Philippines has no entry in men’s event.
So far, the Philippines has six golds, 11 silvers and 18 bronzes, good for sixth place while Thailand holds the top spot with 48-32-31 followed by Indonesia (33-47-31), Malaysia (25-32-31), Vietnam 23-11-13) and host Singapore (20-18-24).