Hanoi: A handful of twenty things have completely stopped the country’s gold medal machine from grinding. And the promise of something bigger made up for the lack of a win in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday.
Kayla Richardson led the team in the responsibility of the young gun, claiming the epicenter of the 100-meter dash at the My Day National Stadium to highlight three golden days for the Philippines.
“I was quite confident to come here; I was doing 11.61 seconds, which is what I did today, “said Richardson, who finished in 11.60 seconds to beat a Singaporean opponent who had snatched 200m gold from him and his sister Kyler two days earlier. “It was wonderful. I was happy to put it together.”
Singapore’s Veronica Pereira (11.62) was second and Thailand’s Supanich Pulcard (11.66) rounded out the podium.
“I wasn’t a good starter, so I let them go and [did] My thing [in the stretch]Richardson won his second Century Dash Gold Medal. She was also the fastest woman in the region in the 2015 edition in Singapore.
A band of young female archers also targeted Team Philippines on Wednesday.
Twenty-year-old Gabriel Monica Bidaur, her 23-year-old sister Pia Elizabeth Bidaur and 20-year-old Phoebe Amistoso stunned the Hometown team to clinch the women’s recurve gold medal by beating Vietnam 26-25 in dramatic fashion. An exciting final shootout.
The young archers and Richardson, however, will not stop with their gold medals.
Young national athletes are using their current victories as a gateway to many big plans.
“We will make it a point to enter [the three archers] In the case of Olympic qualifiers, it will probably start in Asia / Oceania [tournaments]World Archery Philippines (WAP) Secretary General Rosando Sombrio said.
The Philippines has not won a recurve gold medal for decades until WAP assembled its young squad.
Richardson, meanwhile, is preparing for the World Athletics Championships in Oregon later this year.
“I still have a lot [to do] Season, ”he said after handing over the fifth gold to the athletics team at its biennial meeting.
Johan Chua, 29, won his third Philippine gold medal after reigning in the men’s 9-ball event against compatriot Carlo Biado.
The legend of old age
Chua is even considered young blood in a game that is still known for its aging legends, including Efren “Bata” Reyes, who won bronze in the 1-shot carom, and Francisco “Jango” Bustamante, who is coaching women’s ace Rubilen Amit.
Three golds put the Philippines third with a 37-45-59 (gold-silver-bronze telly), followed by Vietnam (118 gold, 72 silver and 69 bronze) and Thailand (46-55-73).
“If we survive [third place] That’s great, “said Bumble Talentino, president of the Philippine Olympic Committee. “If we hold on to Thailand, that’s the best.”
Tolentino, who won Chuar gold and Biador silver at the Ha Dong Gymnasium, said the team has moved away from many gold medals in the Philippines, such as 3X3 basketball, volleyball, kickboxing, dance sports and bodybuilding.
“But we still have plenty of gold; There’s a lot of e-sports, boxing, basketball (5X5), wrestling, taekwondo, of course weightlifting and tennis, “said Talentino.
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