The Hanoi-Team Philippine gold machine churned at a slower pace on Tuesday, but the performance of national athletes here promises further victory at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Eric Cray rose to the occasion and won gold by beating his opponent in the 400m hardless at the My Day National Stadium. It was Cray’s seventh career gold medal at the biennial meeting এবং and he hasn’t finished yet.
“I think I still have one more left in me,” Cray said.
He will go for it while chasing Century Dash Gold on Wednesday. After that, he would set his goal on something a little way off the road.
“She is OK [the Olympics] Another one has to go, ”said Samantha, the wife and coach of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympian, who was caring for a stretched right hamstring three weeks before the start of the Games. “We are just looking [the] Paris [Olympics in 2024]”
Cray, 33, who was ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics due to injury, won the gold in 50.41 seconds and his fifth consecutive 400 hurdle gold at the SEA Games.
Time was his best mark and 48.98 seconds was off the national record, but it would serve as the starting point for Cray’s journey to Paris.
Meanwhile, Rubelin Amit won the gold medal at the SEA Games for the ninth time in a row in the women’s 9-ball event, and immediately shifted her focus to Wednesday’s 10-ball, where she and Chezka Senteno are the favorites to go 1-2. Amit, the 2009 and 2013 world 10-ball champion, has now won three SEA games, 9-ball gold and 10-ball six.
“I urge the Filipino people to continue to support Team Philippines; We are doing it for you, ”said Amit, 40, who defeated Jessica Tan of Singapore 7-2 at the Ha Dong Gymnasium.
Tokyo Olympian Kurt Barbosao also won the gold medal in taekwondo by defeating Panachai Jaizullah of Thailand 16-7 in the men’s 54kg final at the Tai Ho Gymnasium.
Isle Erica Bomogao and Richein Yosorage, meanwhile, won gold at the Muay Thai Women’s Way Crew in a boxing dance event at the Vin Fook Sports Center.
Officially, the Philippines team won four gold medals on Tuesday, a pale shadow in Monday’s 10-gold bag. But the victory on the other front assured the country that more could come.
The men’s 9-ball gold is already guaranteed for Team Philippines with Carlo Biado and Johan Chua in the final.
Karate’s defending champions Jamie Lim and Junna Suu Kyi are set to open their bids on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Gilas Pilipinas entered a great victory and even tennis star Alex Ilao advanced to the next round.
Ila, 16, advanced to the women’s singles quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Fonfatehep Philavong, Laos, in the women’s singles quarterfinals with teammate Janaila Rose Prulla, who won the walkover against Malaylak Pathummakuronen.
Ila will face Singapore’s Lionel N Tong Lim in the next round and Prula will face host Vietnam’s top pick Chanel Van Nguyen.
Defending men’s doubles champions Francis Cassie Alcantara and Jason Petrombon advanced to the quarterfinals after losing 6-1, 6-1 to Cambodia’s Matthew David Krushling and Samniang Long.
Cambodia were also on the verge of beating another Filipino in basketball at the Thanh Tri Gymnasium, with the Filipinos regaining their momentum after a thrilling 100-32 win over Thailand in their opening match.
Towards the end of the first period, the victory of Gilas Pilipinas was almost sewn, allowing national coach Chot Reyes to deliver significant minutes to the tail end of his bench.
LeBron Lopez took the opportunity to show his skills and was promoted to 17 points for Gilas Pilipinas.
As of 8pm on Tuesday, the Philippine gold-silver-bronze stash was 34-36-45 for third place overall. Vietnam are on the run with 93 gold, 59 silver and 60 bronze, second only to Thailand 36-38-61. Singapore (26-31-32), Indonesia (25-36-33) and Malaysia (20-24-48) are in fourth to sixth place.
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