HANOI — Philippine Olympic Committee President Bambol Tolentino moved from venue to venue on Sunday’s final day of competition, hoping to win as many of the last gold medals won by Team Philippines in the Philippines. way to fourth place in 31st place at the Southeast Asian Games (SEA).
“This has been a very successful campaign,” Tolentino said shortly after the Gilas Pilipinas women defended their basketball gold medal despite failure 96-93 is stunning at the hands of Malaysia.
Tolentino traveled to Bac Ninh about 40 km from here. He returned to the capital “for the men’s basketball awards ceremony” in the afternoon.
In an even greater shock, the silver medal was awarded to the lauded Gilas Pilipinas men’s team.
Backed by overseas players and a consultant who used to work in the Gilas program, Indonesia has solved for the Philippines a painfully lost 85-81 in the battle for gold that created a bleak atmosphere as the country finished fourth in the biennial meeting.
The shock loss at Thanh Tri Gymnasium was one of the most painful for the Philippines, which had 18 titles before. The last time the country lost the “most important” gold medal to Malaysia was at the Olympics in 1989.
The gold medal that the Philippines team held dearly in the past 13 SEA Games went to the Indonesian team that burned the floor with laser-guided three-point shooting and won the first SEA Games basketball gold medal. under the guidance of Serbian teacher Rajko Toroman. .
Toroman was the pioneering architect of the Gilas program.
Golden Attack Boxing
Tolentino at least saw Olympic bronze medal winners Eumir Marcial (75 kg), Rogen Ladon (52 kg men) and Ian Clark Bautista (57 kg men) destroy their respectable final opponents in boxing to add three gold to the coffers of the Philippines.
Marcial scores in a contest stopped by the referee won against Delio Anzaqeci Mouzinho of Timor-Leste, while Ladon defended his title against betting on Tran Van Thao’s hometown. Bautista defeated Naing Latt of Myanmar.
It’s a logical stretch for the sport that has traditionally been the country’s top gold medal producer.
The Philippines team raised hopes of finishing in third place but there was nothing bad about finishing fourth.
“Remember that in 2015 and 2017, we were sixth,” Tolentino said. “There have been too many silver medals from subjective sports. And all of that despite the late training due to the policy of the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases). ”
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) President Butch Ramirez also found reasons to celebrate, citing the gold medals won by young athletes who can serve as building blocks for the country’s victory at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Among the young gold medal winners for the Philippines are archery repeats great players Pia Elizabeth Bidaure, Gabrielle Monica Bidaure and Phoebe Aristoso, and 18-year-old weightlifting gold medalist Vanessa Sarno (71kg).
“Sports leaders should find and train their athletes early so they can thrive and thrive in international competitions like the Southeast Asian Games,” Ramirez said.
Currently, the young archery team, aged 20 to 23, and Sarno are promoted by their respective national sports associations to compete for a spot at Paris 2024.
“Rome was not built in a day, so athletes cannot become champions overnight in an international arena like the SEA Games. It is good to start young because it takes time to develop them,” added the PSC Director.
Tolentino said the gold medals the country must win, such as billiards, gymnastics, weightlifting and athletics, have been convincingly secured, demonstrating world-class status. world of the country.
“All the elite athletes have excelled,” said Tolentino, referring to Olympic weightlifting gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz, world 5th player Ernest John Obiena, billiards world champion Rubilen Amit and world champion. world champion gymnastics. Carlos Edriel Yulo, who collected five taels of gold here.
By 7 p.m. on Sunday, the Philippines had won 50 golds, 69 silvers and 93 bronzes and was in fourth place. Vietnam won the final with 197 gold, 116 silver and 110 bronze. Thailand is in second place (86-97-127) and Indonesia third (65-86-72). Singapore ranked fifth (47-46-68) and Malaysia sixth (37-43-83).
The country, which dominated the 2019 edition back home, has 656 athletes here and competes in 38 of the 40 sports on the calendar.
The Gilas women were held to a goalless draw in the final two minutes of their loss to Malaysia. But with a score of 4-1, the Philippine women’s team brought a high enough difference to win the second SEA Games gold medal in a row.
Kristel Macrohon, the 2019 champion in the 71kg upperweight category in women’s weightlifting, couldn’t match Diaz and Sarno’s gold when she finished fourth.
Olympic silver medalist Nesthy Petecio previously won bronze in the women’s 60kg category alongside teammates Josie Gabuco (48kg) and Riza Pasuit (57kg). Marjon Piañar (69kg) and James Palicte (63kg) also went home in third place overall. INQ
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