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Lead secure with 47 golds

Agatha Wong started wushu’s gold rush after securing her second gold in the women’s taijijian.

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Team Philippines’ Agatha Wong brought home her second gold in the wushu competition. YUMMIE DINGDING @tribunephl_yumi

CAPAS CITY — Team Philippines remained unshaken at the top of the medal tally as a strong weather disturbance brought by typhoon “Tisoy” forced the organizers to cancel some of the events in Day 3 of the competition of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games yesterday.

Wushu and arnis poured the golds for Team Philippines as Olympic-bound Carlos Yulo showed another word-class performance in the men’s floor exercise to snatch his second gold in the biennial meet.

Agatha Wong started wushu’s gold rush after securing her second gold in the women’s taijijian then the sanda artists took five of the possible six golds as the host nation unmoved with 47 golds, 30 silvers and 17 bronze medals.

Vietnam followed next with 23-27-25 then Malaysia (17-5-14), Indonesia (12-20-18), Thailand (8-13-20), Singapore (8-10-15), Myanmar (1-6-20), Brunei (1-4-5), Cambodia (1-3-17) and Laos (0-0-5).

Yulo remains dominant

The 19-year old Yulo garnered 14.70 points to dominate his second event held at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Thailand’s Tikumporn Surintornta (13.833) and Malaysia’s Asri Zul Bahrin Mat (13.767) took the silver and bronze, respectively.

But Malaysian Tan Fu Jie denied Yulo of a possible sweep of all the seven event after taking the pommel horse gold with 13.967 while the Filipino gymnast settled for Silver with 13.233. Vietnam’s Dinh Phuong Thanh took the bronze with 12.867.

Yulo also settled for a silver in still rings with 13.733 with Vietnam’s Dang Nam taking the gold with 13.86. Dwi Arifin of Indonesia settled for bronze with 13.733.

“I’m not actually going for medals. I just hoped for good routines and execution,” Yulo said.

A day after winning the women’s taijiquan, the 21-year old Wong followed it up with another golden performance in the taijijian event at the World Trade Center. She scored 9.65 to beat Vietnam’s Thi Minh Huyen Tran (9.63) and Brunei’s Basma Lachkar (9.62), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.

“I’ve been through a lot. Injuries, setbacks, failures and I also went through a lot personally, emotionally, mentally and spiritually,” Wong said. “But I’m glad I’m standing here and I was able to finish the SEA Games on a good note.”

Her exploits highlighted the Phl’s wushu performance as sanda artists Divine Wally (women 48kg), Arnel Mandal (men 52kg), Jessie Aligaga (men 48kg), Francisco Solis (men 56kg) and Clemente Tabugara Jr. (men 65kg) ruled their respective events.

2 more golds for Arnis

Arnis added two more gold medals for Team Philippines after Crisamuel Delfin and Mary Allin Aldeguer ran off with the victory in the men and women anyo non-traditional weapon open events, respectively, at the Angeles University Foundation.

Their efforts put arnis as the winningest sport for the Phl contingent with 14 gold medals and Philippine Eskrima Kali Arnis Foundation chairman and Sen. Migs Zumiri promised the team all-expense trip to Hong Kong as incentive.

Teenager Marie Francine Padios (women’s tunggal), Gideon Fred Padua (men sanda 60kg), Christian Concepcion (men’s individual sabre), Elreen Ann Ando (women’s weightlifting 64kg) and Robert Garcia (men’s singles squash) bagged silver medals for the country.

Olympian Nestor Colonia was hit by gout and hat to settle for bronze in the men’s weightlifting 67kg while the men’s Duilian team and Samantha Kyle Catantan (women’s foil) also took the bronze.

Vietnam scored a thrilling 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 15-8 win over host Philippines at the start of the women’s volleyball competition at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
The severe weather condition forced the organizers to cancel and reschedule some of the events particularly the water sports like sailing and windsurfing, which were originally scheduled last Sunday and Monday.

Events resked

Three games in beach volleyball at Subic were also postponed and will be played today while skateboard and polo were also rescheduled to a latter day.

Meanwhile, the swimming competition kicks off today at the New Clark City Aquatics Center with seven of the 38 gold medals are at stake.

Gilas Pilipinas finally sees action as the defending SEA Games champions face Singapore at the start of the men’s basketball competition at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Philippine men’s football team seeks a crucial win over Timor-Leste to stay in the race for a semis spot in men’s football at the Biñan Football Stadium in Laguna.

Judo actions also kick off today with Filipina judokas Noemi Candari and Helen Dawa compete in the kata event at the Laus Group Events Center in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Lightweight Carlo Paalam opens the Phl boxing’s team campaign as he takes on Mohammad Fuad Redzuan in the quarterfinal match today at the Philippine International Convention Center.

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