Nestor Cordova took the gold medal in the men’s M1 single sculls of the 2013 Southeast Asian Games rowing competitions on Monday at the Ngalike Dam in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
Cordova had the fastest time of seven minutes and 49.38 seconds to rule the event.
The silver went to Aung Ko Min of Myanmar (7:49.68) and the bronze to Memo Memo of Indonesia (8:03.61).
“I was trailing at the start of the race but I was able to catch up. Stick to the plan, every marker (every 500 meters), I need to power up,” said Cordova, a Navyman from Bacolod City.
Seasoned rowers Benjamin Tolentino Jr. and Edgar Ilas chipped won a silver in the men’s LM2 double sculls with a time of 7:08.86. Indonesians Muhad Yakin and Ihram Ihram took the gold (7:07.42) and Thais Porntawat Inlee and Saija Jeamhern the bronze (7:31.33).
In athletics, Eric Panique placed third in the men’s marathon with a time of 2:30:30, behind gold medalist Ying Ren Mok of Singapore (2:28:36) and silver medalist Thaung Aye of Myanmar (2:29:50)
In archery, Earl Benjamin Yap finished with a bronze medal in the men’s compound individual event.
In swimming, Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi, Jessie Khing Lacuna and Filipino-American Matt Navata advanced to the finals of their events.
Alkhaldi timed 26.22 seconds in the women’s 50-meter freestyle, surpassing the old national record of 26.30 she registered in the 2013 Speedo Championships early this year.
Lacuna had a qualifying time of 1:58.02, good enough to reach the men’s 200m freestyle finals. Lacuna is looking to surpass his silver-medal finish in that event in the 2011 edition in Palembang, Indonesia.
Navata will be gunning for gold in the men’s 200m butterfly after clocking 2:06.90 in the qualifying round.
The finals were scheduled on Monday night.
Overall, the Philippines has 12 gold medals. Wushu and boxing delivered three each while athletics has so far produced two mints. The other golds were from cycling (1), karatedo (1), men’s basketball (1) and rowing (1).
EMIL C. NOGUERA