Pinoy student-athletes shine in Asean meet


TEAM UAAP-Philippines failed to capture a gold medal in the final day of swimming competition but the Filipino student-athletes still has a reason to celebrate with the team’s most successful Asean University Games campaign in six years on Sunday in Palembang, Indonesia.

Hannah Dato settled for a silver medal in the women’s 100-meter freestyle event with a time of 58.06. Malaysia’s Chui Lai Kwan clinched the gold with 57.97, while Thailand’s Benjaporn Sriphanomthorn took the bronze after clocking 58.12.

Dato, the Ateneo sensation who is the Season 77 MVP, also went home with the bronze medal in the women’s 200-meter butterfly event with a time of 2:22.62.

“I wasn’t really expecting it,” said Dato, who is easily the Team UAAP-Philippines’ best performer with three golds, two silvers and two bronze medals, in her Facebook message.

Another Ateneo swimming standout, Jessie Khing Lacuna, bagged the bronze medal in the lung-busting men’s 1,500-meter freestyle event with a time of 16:47.15.

The Filipino tankers ended their five-day stint with four golds, three silvers and nine bronze medals, Team UAAP-Philippines’ second most successful squad behind taekwondo’s four gold, four-silver, four-bronze medal haul.

At the end of the hostilities which started on December 9, the Filipino student-athletes won 10 golds, 11 silvers and 22 bronze medals in fifth place behind host Indonesia (64-77-45), Thailand (52-34-23), Malaysia (38-39-49) and Vietnam (24-14-2).

It was Team UAAP-Philippines’ best campaign in the biennial regional competition for student-athletes since the 2008 edition in Kuala Lumpur, when the country went home with eight golds, 12 silvers and 21 bronzes to finish in sixth spot.

The Filipinos had two golds, three silvers and bronze medals in athletics, one silver and four bronzes in diving, and a bronze medal finish in women’s volleyball.


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