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Asian Para Games: Gawilan bags 3rd gold, PH chess team racks up medals

Ernie Gawilan added another gold to his medal haul as the Philippines continued to hike its medal tally in the second to the last day of 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Gawilan, who was born without feet and left hand, captured his third gold medal, this time ruling men's freestyle 400m S7 (6-7) on Friday with a time of 4:56.98, 35 seconds ahead of the second best competitor. The 27-year-old swimmer gave the country its first gold medal in the Asian Para Games historyin the opening day of the continental meet. Meanwhile, the Philippine men's chess team bagged two golds, a silver and four bronze medals in rapid chess. Sander Severino also took home his fourth gold...Keep on reading: Asian Para Games: Gawilan bags 3rd gold, PH chess team racks up medals.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerOct 12th, 2018

SEAG, ParaGames gold medalists to receive PSA citations

All gold medal winners in both the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) and ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia get a share of the spotlight during the SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Awards Night at the Maynila Hall of the Manila Hotel on Feb. 27. The gold medalists will be recipients of a citation from the country’s oldest media organization headed by president Dodo Catacutan of SPIN.ph during the formal affair presented by MILO and Cignal TV. Sprint King Trenten Anthony Beram leads the SEA Games awardees, while the Para Games winners are bannered by tracksters Cielo Honasan and Cendy Asusano, and chess player Sander Severino. All four emerged with multiple gold medals from the two biennial meets held one after the other in the Malaysia capital last August. Beram won back-to-back golds in the 200m and 400m run, while Honasan, Asusano, and Severino completed a treble in their respective events. The Filipinos finished sixth overall in the SEA Games with a total of 23 gold medals while the para athletes bagged 20 gold medals to finish fifth in the Para Games. Apart from the gold winners, there will be other citations to be handed out during the program which counts the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) as major sponsor and is backed by Mighty Sports, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Globalport, Rain or Shine, Tapa King, and Chooks To Go. Beram will be joined on stage by fellow tracksters Aries Toledo, Eric Shauwn Cray, and Mary Joy Tabal, along with Nikko Huelgas, Kim Mangrobang, Eumir Felix Marcial, John Marvin, Brennan Louie, Reyland Capellan, Kaitlin de Guzman, Agatha Wong, Carlo Biado, Chezka Centeno, Kiyomi Watanabe, and Mariya Takahashi. Completing the SEA Games honorees are Dines Dumaan, Samuel Morrison, the men’s poomsae team, the lawn bowls men’s fours, ice hockey team, and the men’s basketball team. Meanwhile, aside from Honasan, Asusano, and Severino, the rest of the Para Games gold winners are Prudencia Panaliga, Rosalie Torrefiel, Roger Lopez, Gary Bejino, Ernie Gawilan, Arthus Bucay, Christopher Yue, Josephine Medina, Adeline Ancheta, the men’s chess team standard B2/B3, and the chess team standard/rapid P1. Other than the citation he’ll be receiving, Biado will likewise be honored with the PSA-Tapa King Athlete of the Year award following his rousing triumph in the World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar. The country’s new pool star shares the prestigious award with fellow world champions Jerwin Ancajas and Krizziah Lyn Tabora......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

Gawilan, Chi clinch Phl’s first 2 gold medals in Asian Para Games

A swimmer and a tenpin bowler produced the first two gold medals in an inspiring start for Team Philippines in the Asian Para Games Sunday in Jakarta......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Asian Para Games athletes haul record 10 golds

FIDE Master Sander Severino claimed two more chess gold medals in rapid play while two more mints came from cycling and swimming yesterday as the Philippines wrapped up a record 10 gold medals in the third Asian Para Games in Jakarta......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

UE: Rod Roque – The Accidental Coach

“Nakakatawa nga eh. I’ve never played volleyball in my life! Never!” A fact University of East head coach Rod Roque admitted when he talked to sports scribes after his first stint with the Lady Warriors in just the sixth game of the squad in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. Just two days before, Francis Vicente parted ways with UE after three and a half seasons with a futile 2-45 win-loss record. The Lady Warriors absorbed their 12th straight defeat since Season 79 a day before he resigned. Then they found Roque, the school’s representative to the UAAP Board, a perfect fit. But with a losing record and a team lacking confidence, why would UE hire an interim coach that had no volleyball background? The answer is simple. The school’s management wanted someone that they can trust, a person who has been loyal to the Recto-based university and a tactician that can hold the fort until they can find a proper replacement. Plus, it’s an added bonus that the man they chose for the interim spot made miracles in their boy’s volleyball program. Heck, the man gave UE high school more titles than the other teams’ number of boy’s crowns combined. But Roque is also quick to temper UE management’s expectations. “Siympre mahirap because people might expect a miracle. Sabi ko naman sa management when they told me, sabi ko, ‘Don’t expect a miracle because a miracle doesn’t happen overnight.”   A Twist of Fate Roque may not have the volleyball background like the other UAAP coaches but he excelled in a different kind of sport.      “High school, college, noong estudyante pa ako gymnast ako,” said Roque, a true-blooded Red Warrior with a BS Physical Education degree. He was a member of the national men’s all-around gymnastics team and even represented the country in different international tournaments. “Nakapunta kami sa Asian Youth, sa National games. Di ko lang nalaro yung SEA (Southeast Asian) Games,” he said. After finishing his Masters degree in UE in 1992, Roque grew tired of gymnastics and decided to pursue his love of teaching, working as a PE instructor in the same university. Then fate brought him into coaching high school boy’s volleyball.         “Una ko na-discover sa intramural volleyball. Kumuha kami ng player noong intrams. Nagtayo kami ng team, nananalo naman kami. So yun na yung umpisa,” he said. With the UE boy’s team success, the late athletic director Brenn Perez saw a lot of potential with the Junior Warriors and he decided to field the squad in the UAAP.   “Nakita ng director namin, si Mr. Perez na nagtsa-champion kami sa mga invitational. So nag-propose siya sa UAAP na isama na ‘yung UAAP jrs volleyball. Ayun. Since 1996 nagstart yung UAAP Jrs. volleyball sa (UE),” said Roque. But UE wasn’t as successful as it was in the other tournaments the Junior Warriors joined. De La Salle-Zobel was lording it over since the boy’s tournament started in 1995. The Junior Spikers built a dynasty from Season 57 to 62. Then Roque’s crew got its payback. UE completed a grand slam from 2001 to 2003. DLSU-Zobel snatched a crown in Season 66 but Roque was set to make history. The Junior Warriors reigned supreme for the next 11 years. Under Roque’s tutelage, UE was invincible for more than a decade, dating from 2005 to 2015 - the longest title streak of any team in any UAAP volleyball division. From 1995 to 2016 the Junior Warriors landed 22 straight Final Four appearances. Roque handled the National Capital Region’s boy’s volleyball team for 10 years, earning five Palarong Pambansa gold medals. Out of UE’s 14 titles, Roque had 10 for the Junior Warriors before taking a bigger role as UE’s athletic director after Perez passed away from a heart attack in 2009. “Nag-retire (ako as coach) kasi na-promote ako. Naging assistant director na ako. After that, two years, ginawa na akong director,” he said. “Busy na ‘yung schedule. Hindi ako makapag-ensayo.”   Back as Coach UE has been lumbering at the cellar for years both in the men’s and women’s divisions. While the Junior Warriors were copping titles, the school’s college teams were getting beaten black and blue season after season. Under Vicente’s watch, the Lady Warriors sported a 2-45 win-loss record. The Red Warriors, who named a new coach before Season 80 in national men’s volleyball team coach Sammy Acaylar, didn’t fare any better. Five games into the season, UE decided to part ways with their coaches. Acaylar resigned citing conflict of schedule a he was appointed as Perpetual Help athletic director while Vicente left because of ‘personal reasons’. But sources said that Vicente was sacked a day before Acaylar tended his resignation. While Roque struggled to turn around the campaign of the Red Warriors, his stint with the Lady Warriors was sort of ‘miraculous’. He dropped a four-setter against Far Eastern University in his debut but again became an architect of UE’s historic feat – this time in the women’s division. The Lady Warriors closed the first round with a surprise 25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-13 shocker over Adamson University that ended their 12-game slide since Season 79. Just three days later, UE stunned University of Sto. Tomas, 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24, in a historic first win against the traditional powerhouse Tigresses at least since the start of the Final Four format in 1994. It marked the first time since Season 74 that the Lady Warriors won back-to-back games. It opened the eyes of volleyball fans that the Lady Warriors have talented players like Shaya Adorador, Mary Anne Mendrez and libero Kath Arado. “Na-notice kasi namin na takot silang magkamali. Takot silang magkamali kaya lalo silang nagkakamali. Pero para sa akin OK lang magkamali but make sure babawi ka,” said Roque. “Natutuwa naman ako kasi nagkakamali sila pero bumabawi.” The Lady Warriors eventually dropped their next three games after that back-to-back wins but gave Adamson, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University quite a scare before succumbing. But with the change of culture brought by Roque, teams are now wary of the Lady Warriors, which will return to action on April 8 against slumping National University. UE will wrap up its campaign against FEU and University of the Philippines – the last remaining games of Roque before he leaves his post to make way to a new head coach. “This season lang talaga ako,” said Roque. With him on board, the Lady Warriors are playing like a team looking to prove that they are better than just being a win fodder for other squads. Roque made the players respect themselves. He gave UE volleyball the respect it deserves.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 31st, 2018

Pinoy athletes exceed expectations at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan—Chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario hardly expected a deluge of medals in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. So it really came as a big surprise when Filipino athletes produced far more than what Del Rosario had asked for. ``We succeeded and exceeded the country’s expectations in the AIMAG,’’ said Del Rosario, the Makati City congressman who also sits as secretary general of the Philippine Taekwondo Association. The Philippines ended its 12-day stint with two gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals in the biggest continental sportsfest next to the quadrennial Asian Games. It overshadowed the one-gold, two-bronze performance of Filipino athletes in the previous AIMAG held in 2013 Incheon, South Korea. ``We didn’t make any bold projections and just believed that our athletes can accomplish it,’’ said Del Rosario, who joined hands with karatedo secretary general and deputy chef de mission Raymund Lee Reyes in taking care of the 116 Filipino athletes who participated in 17 sports. Jiu-jitsu grapplers Margarita Ochoa and Annie Ramirez captured the two golds worth P2 million each from the Philippine Sports Commission as provided for by Republic Act 10699 or the amended Sports Incentives Act. Silver medalists led by Olympian Hidilyn Diaz, trackster Eric Cray, muay fighter Phillip Delarmino, cue aces Chezka Centeno, Rubilen Amit, bowler Kenneth Chua and the dancesport tandem of German Enriquez and Danella Publico will earn P1 million each from the government. The 62-nation Games, which included the Oceania region headed by Australia and New Zealand, ended with a lavish closing ceremony late Wednesday night at the 35,000-seater Ashgabat Olympic Stadium. Completing the silver performers are poomsae specialists Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Jocel Lyn Ninobla, the men’s rapid chess team under-23 of international masters Jan Emmanuel Garcia and Paulo Bersamina and jiu-jitsu’s Marc Alexander Lim, Jenna Kaila Napolis and Gian Taylor Dee. Taekwondo jins Kirstie Elaine Alora, Francis Agojo, Kristopher Uy, wrestlers Alvin Lobreguito and Jefferson Manatad wound up with bronze medals as well as kurash grappler Al Rolan Llamas, lifter Kristel Macrohon and cue master Carlo Biado. Joining them are the women’s rapid team under-23 starring woman grandmaster Janelle Frayna and woman Fide master Shania Mae Mendoza and the dancesport pair of Gerald Jamili and Cherry Parcon. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2017

Ballroom, pool contingents deliver AIMAG silvers for PHI

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan—Dance instructors German Enriquez and Maria Danella Renee Publico secured a silver medal together with cue master Rubilen Amit on the penultimate day of competitions Tuesday in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Enriquez and Publico scored 30 points in the Viennese waltz event in dancesport while Amit lost her gold-medal encounter with China’s Chen Siming, 7-5, in women’s 10-ball pool singles. Japan’s Tomomi and Takeshi Yamamoto ruled the event with 32.291 points and Macau’s Vong Weng Lam and Tam Ka Pan copped the bronze (28.167pts). Bowlers Krizziah Lyn Tabora, Liza Del Rosario, Marian Lara Posadas and Marie Alexis Sy were also guaranteed of a silver after beating China in the women’s team of four semifinals over at the Bowling Center. They rolled 780 points to overcome the 737 pinfalls of China’s quartet of Yang Liyan, Zhang Yuhong, Zhang Chunli and Peng Rui. The PH women’s bowling team faces South Korea’s Jung Dawun, Kim Moonjeong, Baek Seungja and Hong Hae Ni in the finals on Wednesday. International masters Paulo Bersamina and Jan Emmanuel Garcia likewise are preparing for a gold-medal face-off against China’s Wei Yu and Xu Yinglun in the men’s rapid team under-23. They downed Maksat Atabayev and Yusup Atabayev of host Turkmenistan in the semifinals. Amit immediately grabbed the lead after three sets but Chen, a former 10-ball world champion like the Filipino cue artist, managed to gain control on the seventh frame. Chen gave up two more frames but couldn’t be denied when the Chinese got a fantastic break in the 12th and final set to finish off Amit. Overall, the Philippines is running 18th among 65 countries with two gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medals. More medals are expected from bowling, chess and dancesport prior to the closing ceremony late Wednesday. Woman grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna and woman Fide master Shania Mae Mendoza will bring home a bronze medal after failing to hurdle Kazakhstan’s Zhansaya Abdumalik and Dinara Saduakassova in the semifinals of women’s rapid team under-23. Ana Leonila Nualla and Sean Mischa Aranar missed out on a medal after placing fourth in the waltz finale and winding up fifth in the tango. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2017

Centeno advances to AIMAG pool final; PHI bowling, muay thai bets settle for silver

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – Chezka Centeno moved to the gold-medal game following her 7-3 win over China’s Liu Shash in the semifinal of the women’s 9-Ball Pool Singles in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) Thursday evening at the Ashgabat Olympic Complex here. The 18-yrea-old Centeno won six of the first eight racks against the 24-year-old Liu in their Race-to-Seven encounter, before Liu took ninth rack to cut Centeno’s lead to 6-3. After a mistake by Liu on the 10th rack, Centeno did not waste the opportunity as she closed out the match for a spot in the final opposite China’s Han Yu. The match is being played at press time at the Billiards Sports Arena. A native of Zamboanga City, Centeno will try to add the AIMAG title to her recent win when she captured her second straight gold in the Southeast Asian Games (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Bowler Kenneth Chua and Muay Thai bet Philipp Delarmino lost in the final of their respective events to settle for silver medals, but were cheered by the Philippine delegation headed by Chef de Mission Monsour del Rosario and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) First vice president Joey Romasanta. Chua fell to Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon, 247-212, in the men’s singles final at the Bowling Arena, while Delarmino suffered 30-27 defeat to Thailand’s Chotichanin Kokkrachai in the -57kg men’s final at the Muay Thai Arena. The national team also earned bronze medals Thursday from Carlo Biado in the men’s 9-Ball Pool Singles and Al Rolan Llamas in the men’s -60kg in Kurash. Biado lost to Taipei’s Chang Jung Lin, 9-2, in the semifinal, while the Llamas sustained a 10-0 defeat to Turkmenistan’s Erkin Omurzakow at the Martial Arts Arena. Team Philippines, so far, has captured two gold medals as the Jiu Jitsu fighters Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa and Annie Ramirez ruled their respective events, while Rio Olympics veteran Hidilyn Diaz and Asian Champion Eric Cray settled with silver medals. Also with silver medals are Jiu Jitsu’s Gian Taylor Dee, Marc Alexander Lim and Jenna Kaila Napolis, while bronze medal winners are Kristopher Robert Uy, Francis Aaron Agojo and Kristie Elaine Alora in Taekwondo, Alvin Lobreguito in Traditional Wrestling and Jefferson Manatad in Belt Wrestling. The winners are set to receive cash incentives of P2 million for the gold medal winners, P1 million for silver medalist and P400,000 for bronze medalist from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2017

PHI begins 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games campaign

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – The Philippine begins its campaign as Filipino wrestlers and jiu-jitsu grapplers start their quest for gold medals in the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) at the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium here. Three-time International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation World Championship champion Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa leads the campaign of the Filipinos in this 5th edition of AIMAG. “Halos kilala ko lahat ng mga makaka-laban ko, mga nakalaban ko na din before,” said the 5-foot-1 Ochoa, who also won a gold medal in the Asian Beach Games a year back in Danang, Vietnam. “Ready naman tayo kasi last time I competed was in the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Championship, that was in August,” added Ochoa, 27, who will fight in her regular category of 45kg division. Also expected to deliver a medal for the Philippines is Annie Ramirez, a two–time gold medal winner in the Asian Beach Games. She recently won two gold medals in the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Hanoi, Vietnam. “I think maganda naman, may laban tayo and kaya nating makakuha ng gold. Sana maging ok ang lahat, walang injuries, and makapag-isip ng tama pag-dating sa araw ng laban,” Ramirez said. “During my last fight in Hanoi, I won two gold medals there, open category and sa 55kg division ko. At least may konting advantage na ako sa mga makakalaban kung sila pa din yung mga sasali dito,” added Ramirez. Eight other jiu-jitsu fighters will participate in the tournament. They are Hansel Terence Co (77kg), Gian Taylor Dee (56kg), Mark Alexander Lim (69kg), Golbert Ambao (94kg), Apryl Eppinger (62kg), Lou-Ann Jindani (55kg) and Carolina Pajaron (49kg). The drawing lots will be held Friday evening. The traditional wrestling will likewise start today, as five fighters will try to make a podium finish. These are Alvin Lobregito (freestyle 57kg), Jefferson Manato (classic style 57kg), Johnny Morte (freestyle 68kg), Grace Loberanes (freestyle 52kg) and Noemi Tenner (freestyle 58kg). In the flag raising ceremony at the Village Flag Plaza, national team Chef de Mission Monsour del Rosario said there is a strong chance for the team to capture medals in jujitsu and wrestling. “Everything is on track. Looks like the athletes are in good spirits last night I checked them,” said the former Olympian turned actor who is now a congressman representing the 1st district of Makati City. “ “Excited sila… ang pinagdadasal ko na lang ang draw lots ng mga fighters (I hope) hindi agad matapat sa mga World Champions at Asian Champions na malalakas na teams. Sana matapat muna medyo kaya nila tapos habang papunta ng quarterfinals, semifinals at finals doon na nila makakatapat yung mga World and Asian champions para may chance tayo mag-medalya,” he added. The national team will see action in 17 sports, including Electronic Sports. A total of 116 athletes will attend the opening ceremony scheduled Sunday at the 35,000-seater Ashgabat Olympic Stadium. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

Record 10 golds make them truly special

Filipino triathletes arrived home yesterday to a heroes’ welcome after their historic performance in the just-concluded third Asian Para Games in Jakarta where they landed a record 10 gold, eight silver and 11 bronze medals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Adeline Ancheta bags lone bronze, averts medal shutout for Philippines

Adeline Ancheta averted a medal shutout for Team Philippines yesterday in the Asian Para Games as she got a podium finish in women’s over 86 kg Para powerlifting yesterday at Balai Sudirman in Jakarta......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

Asian Para Games: Gawilan gets 2nd gold, Ancheta wins weightlifting bronze

Ernie Gawilan and Adeline Ancheta-Dumapong boosted the Philippines' medal haul in 2018 Para Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Gawilan, who won the country's first gold medal in the multisport competition, added another gold to his name after ruling the men's 100-meter backstroke S7 category Wednesday evening at GBK Aquatic Center. Gawilan clocked in at 1:19.90 and he shared the top spot with Japan's Daisuke Ejima. In the women's powerlifting, Ancheta-Dumapong took the bronze medal in the women's over 86.00-kilogram category Thursday at Balai Sudirman. Ancheta-Dumapong's best lift was at 107 kilograms, which was good enough to put her in the podium. Republic of Korea's ...Keep on reading: Asian Para Games: Gawilan gets 2nd gold, Ancheta wins weightlifting bronze.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

Chessers, tanker add 4 more golds

Team Philippines came into the third Asian Para Games with hopes of surpassing its gold-less, five-silver, five-bronze medal performance in the last edition four years ago in Incheon, South Korea. They did that and more......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

Philippines Para bets earn silver, bronze

After a two-gold haul in the first two days, Team Philippines slowed down with a one-silver, one-bronze medal take in the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Swimmer nets first PH para games gold

Photo taken from Ernie Gawilan's Facebook account Ernie Gawilan delivered the Philippines' first ever gold medal in the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday. Gawilan ruled th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Hopes high for Team Phlilippines in Asian Para Games

Team Philippines leaves for Jakarta on Monday, ready to do battle against the best in the region and shoot for a first-ever gold in third Asian Para Games firing off Oct. 8......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

PH sets sights on first gold in Asian Para Games 2018

  MANILA, Philippines – Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta and table tennis player Josephine Medina banner the Philippine Paralympic Committee's campaign as the country shoots for its first gold medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games this October in Jakarta, Indonesia. Team Philippines chef de mission Kiko Diaz bared that salvaging a gold and eclipsing the five-silver and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

Saso named Team Phl flag-bearer in Youth Olympic Games

Yuka Saso, who helped the Philippines win two gold medals in golf in the recent Asian Games in Indonesia, will serve as flag-bearer in the third Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

Saso leads Pradera’s title defense

DAVAO CITY — Asian Games champion Yuka Saso kicks off Pradera Verde’s title-retention bid at the start of the 13th Philippine Airlines Ladies Interclub golf team championships Wednesday at the Palos Rancho Verdes Golf and Country Club. The 17-year old Filipino-Japanese shot-maker will play her first tournament since colle cting two gold medals in the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

PHI paddlers capture two gold medals in world championship

GAINESVILLE, Georgia --- The Philippines quickly snatched two gold medals in record-setting fashion during the opener of the prestigious 2018 ICF World Dragon Boat Championships at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park here. The national paddlers from the Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragonboat Federation ruled the 10-seater senior mixed 500-meter event on Thursday (Friday Manila time), defeating race favorites Hungary and host United States by a significant margin. With drummer Patricia Bustamante and steerer Maribeth Caranto leading the way, the Filipinos clocked two minutes, 7.5 seconds to improve on their bronze-medal finish in the same event during the 2016 world championships in Moscow, Russia. Arriving second were the Hungarians, who timed 2:11.36 in a narrow finish to nip the Americans (2:11.86) for the silver medal in the biennial meet featuring the best 16 countries in the world of dragonboat racing. “They really wanted to prove something out there and they never lost focus despite the strong opposition,” said PCKDF president Jonne Go. The Filipinos struck a second gold medal just a few hours apart after dominating the 20-seater senior mixed 500m race again at the expense of Hungary and the Czech Republic.  They timed 1:52.58, impressively beating their previous race-winning clocking by three seconds two years ago in Moscow. The Hungarians clocked 1:55.09 and the Czech Republic placed third (1:55.14). “We never doubted the team’s ability to win. Once again, they showed the world that we Filipinos are world-class in this sport,” said Go For Gold’s Jeremy Go, who helped bankroll the participation of the PCKDF with the Philippine Sports Commission. It was a rejuvenating feeling for the Pinoy paddlers after they went home without a medal in the recent Asian Games in Indonesia where the organizers veered away from international standards by using shorter but heavier boats. Head coach Len Escollante said the Philippines is on track to capture a third gold medal on Saturday when the national paddlers, led by Hermie Macaranas and Ojay Fuentes, compete in the 10-seater men’s 200 finals. Joining them again are Mark Frias, Reymart Nevado, John Paul Selencio and Oliver Manaig. Women paddlers Raquel Almencion, Rosalyn Esguerra, Rhea Rhoa and Christine Talledo completed the cast in the small boat mixed category along with Bustamante and Caranto......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

PH finishes 19th in Asiad

JAKARTA—The Philippines pulled off an unexpected four-gold medal harvest in the 18th Asian Games that came to a close on Sunday—but the improved performance was still lacking in almost all departments. The gold medals in weightlifting, golf and skateboarding placed Team Philippines at No. 19 among 37 of the 45-nation….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018