Hanoi — Philippine Olympic Committee President Bambol Tolentino walked from venue to venue on the final day of the competition on Sunday, hoping to capture many of the last gold medals selected by the Philippine team on its way to fourth place in the 31st edition. Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
“It’s a very successful campaign,” Talentino said shortly after the Gilas Pilipinas women defended their basketball gold medal despite a stunning 96-93 defeat to Malaysia.
Talentino traveled to Buck Nine, about 40 kilometers from here. In the afternoon he returned to the capital “for the men’s basketball awards ceremony.”
In a bigger push, the silver medal was awarded to the Wanted Glass Pilipinus men’s team.
Driven by a foreign-based player and a mentor who once worked on the Gilas program, Indonesia suffered a painful 85-81 defeat to the Philippines in a gold battle that left the country in fourth place at the biennial meeting.
The tragic defeat at the Thane Tri Gymnasium was the most heartbreaking for the Philippines, which has won 16 titles before. The last time the country lost the “most important” gold medal to Malaysia was in the 1989 Games.
The gold medal that the Philippine team cherished for the last 13 SEA games was won by the Indonesian team that set fire to the floor with laser-guided three-point shooting and won the basketball gold at the SEA Games for the first time under the guidance of Serbian consultant Rajko Toroman. .
Toroman was the pioneer architect of the Glass program.
Boxing Strike Gold
Tolentino has seen at least three gold medals added to the treasury of the Philippines by defeating Olympic bronze medalists Yumir Marshall (75kg), Rosen Ladon (men’s 52kg) and Ian Clark Bautista (men’s 57kg) in boxing.
Martial Timur-Leste’s Delio Anjakechi won the referee-stopped-contest against Moujinho, while Ladon defended his title against his hometown betting Tran Van Thao. Bautista defeated Naing Lat in Myanmar.
It was a decent journey for the sport which is traditionally the top producer of gold medals for the country.
Team Philippines hoped to finish third but did not see anything bad in finishing fourth.
“Remember we were sixth in 2015 and 2017,” Talentino said. “There were a lot of silver medals from Subjective Sports. And everything despite the late training due to the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases Management) policy. ”
Butch Ramirez, chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), also found reason to celebrate, citing gold medals won by young athletes who could serve as building blocks for the country’s bid for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Among the young gold medalists in the Philippines were recurve archery stallwear Pia Elizabeth Bidaur, Gabriel Monica Bidaur and Phoebe Amistoso, and 18-year-old weightlifting gold medalist Vanessa Sarno (71 kg).
“Sports leaders should provide early scouting and training to their athletes so that they can develop and improve in international competitions such as the Southeast Asian Games,” Ramirez said.
Meanwhile, the young archers, aged 20 to 23, and Sarno have been pressured by their respective national sports bodies to fight for slots in Paris 2024.
“Rome was not built overnight, so athletes in international games like the SEA Games do not become overnight champions. It is good to start young because it takes time for them to develop, ”he added.
Tolentino said the country’s gold medals to be won, such as billiards, gymnastics, weightlifting and athletics, were guaranteed to secure the country’s world-class status.
Olympic weightlifter Heidelin Diaz, pole vault world No. 5 Ernest John Obienna, billiards world champion Rubilen Amit and gymnastics world champion Carlos Adriel Ulo, who collected five golds here, all mentioned by Toronto.
The Philippines won 50 gold, 69 silver and 93 bronze medals by 6 pm on Sunday and is in fourth place. Vietnam went on to become the overall champions, winning 197 gold, 116 silver and 110 bronze. Second place went to Thailand (86-97-127) and Indonesia to third (65-86-72). Singapore is fifth (47-46-68) and Malaysia is sixth (37-43-83).
The country, which has ruled the 2019 edition back home, has fielded 656 athletes here and competed in 38 of the 40 games on the calendar.
The Gilas women were goalless in the last two minutes after losing to Malaysia. But at 4-1, the Filipino women had a fairly high share to win their second consecutive SEA Games gold medal.
Crystal Macrohan, the 2019 champion in the women’s 71kg weightlifting, did not match the gold outputs of Diaz and Sarno as she finished fourth.
Olympic silver medalist Nesti Petesio had previously won bronze in the women’s 60kg with teammates Josie Gabuko (48kg) and Riza Pasuit (57kg). Marjan Pianar (69kg) and James Palikte (63kg) also returned home with third place. INQ
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