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Indonesia wins gold in Pencak Silat Seni Tunggal Women’s

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – Puspa Arum Sari assured that she takes home the gold medal in the Pencak Silat Seni Tunggal, the sport’s country of origin Indonesia, as she defeated Philippines and Brunei Darussalam on Tuesday at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC). With her firm and powerful movements, Sari garnered a total […] The post Indonesia wins gold in Pencak Silat Seni Tunggal Women’s appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneDec 3rd, 2019

Philippines SEA Games gold rush continues in pencak silat

SUBIC - The Philippines proved that its win in pencak silat two years ago was no fluke as it grabbed the gold in the sport's first event in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Edmar Tacuel reigned supreme in the seni tunggal male event, Monday at Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center, with a score of 470. Tacuel got 296 points in accuracy and 174 points in firmness, rating higher in both criteria than silver medalist Muhammad Iqbal Bin Abdul Rahman of Singapore and bronze winner Dino Bima Sulistianto of Indonesia. Rahman scored 461 while Silistianto scored 460. This win follows the Filipinos' breakthrough in the 2017 SEA Games when Dimes Dumaan claimed the country's first gold medal in pencak silat in over a decade. Before that, the Philippines last won an event in the sport back in 2005 thanks to Earl Buenviaje. Later in the day, Abad brothers Alfau Jan and Almohaidib scored a silver medal in the seni ganda male event. The brothers actually had a similar score with gold medalist Malaysia, but the jury ultimately ruled that the latter was first while the former was second. As per competition rules, ties will be broken by decision of the jury. The bronze went to Indonesia. In the seni regu male event, Team Philippines ranked sixth with Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia going 1, 2, and 3. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

SEA Games: Second silver ng pencak silat hatid ng 16-anyos

SUBIC – Marahil siya ang pinakabata at kulang pa sa karansan kumpara sa kanyang mga katunggali, pero nagpakita agad ng gilas si Mary Francine Padios nbg Pilipinas matapos ang podium finish sa pencak silat women’s tunggal Martes sa Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center dito. Ibinulsa ni Puspa Arum Sari ng Indonesia ang kanyang kauna-unahang […] The post SEA Games: Second silver ng pencak silat hatid ng 16-anyos appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2019

SEA Games: 20-year old newbie nagbigay ng unang pencak silat gold

SUBIC BAY EXHIBITION AND CONVENTION CENTER – Kinuha ng pencak silat ang unang gintong medalya nito para sa Pilipinas sa 2019 Southeast Asian Games matapos paibabawan ni  Edmar ang men’s seni tunggal event Lunes ng tanghali dito. Pinahanga ng  20-anyos mula Tubongan, Iloilo ang mga hurado sa kanyang kauna-unahang biennial meet stint sa iskor na […] The post SEA Games: 20-year old newbie nagbigay ng unang pencak silat gold appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

When the Philippines showed its best as SEA Games hosts in 1981, 1991 and 2005

Hosting the biennial Southeast Asian Games, just like any international multi-sport competition, offers an opportunity for a country to flaunt its best—in terms of organizing the event, making the tournament stand-out, and unleash a vaunted athletic campaign against the region’s best. Before this year’s SEA Games, the Philippines has hosted the SEA Games three times—all of which were momentous and ground-breaking. And in each successive staging, the Filipinos went up the medal standings, reaching the top in the country’s most successful showing in international sports when the country last hosted the biennial event 14 years ago. 1981 This was the first time the Philippines took the cudgels in hosting the Games. Already in its 11th staging, the SEA Games became a centerpiece event of President Ferdinand Marcos’s presidency, as it highlighted his administration’s heightened focus on sports development. This was through the initiative of Marcos nephew Michael Keon’s Gintong Alay program.  The Games was known as the launching pad of Asia’s sprint queen Lydia de Vega, who marveled everyone with her speed and track prowess that earned her the Gold in record-breaking performances in the 100, 200, and women’s relay teams. Isidro del Prado was another track phenom, ruling the 400 meters also in record fashion. The Games was the breakthrough year in Philippine sports as it produced a bountiful harvest in Golds from track and field, cycling, bowling, boxing, basketball, swimming, and weightlifting, among others. The Philippines ended at third, its highest place at the time, with 55 golds, 55 silvers, and 77 bronze medals for a total 187 medals. 1991 Ten years after its impressive first-ever SEA Games hosting, a new government and political climate enveloped the biennial meet. Under President Corazon Aquino, the 16th SEA Games showed the remarkable change the country attained since the 1986 EDSA Revolution, which would be emphasized with an astonishing medal performance, almost topping the 16th edition if not for Indonesia’s marathon gold.  Swimming took the spotlight with ace tanker Eric Buhain capturing a record six golds, making him the most bemedalled athlete, and Akiko Thompson becoming the crowd darling, donning two golds. Bea Lucero also achieved a first-ever milestone of being the only athlete to win medals in two sporting events—two golds in gymnastics in 1987 Jakarta and a gold in the bantamweight division of women’s taekwondo in the 1991 Manila games. A 27 year-old Lydia de Vega-Mercado reclaimed the Asian sprint queen title by winning the Gold in the 100 meters over compatriot Elma Muros and Malaysian Goldivasamy Shanti. Muros, however, won the 100 meter hurdles and won the long jump gold for four successive stagings—a SEA Games first.  The Philippines would rule several sport events with a gold rush in swimming, boxing, basketball, shooting, wushu, track and field, taekwondo, bowling, billiards, among others. Its 91 Gold, 62 Silver, 84 Bronze, and 237 total medal count was good for second. 2005 It took fourteen years before Manila hosted the SEA Games again. And in 2005, its rise as the regional powerhouse in sports was completed with the contingent under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo reaching the top of the medal standings.  The 23rd  staging was unprecedented, starting with the Opening Ceremonies being held at the Quirino Grandstand instead of a sports stadium, drawing an immense live audience—estimated as the largest ever for a sports event at 200,000. It was the grandest, having the widest array of sports legends appearing in the grand parade of colors, such as SEA Games legends Lydia de Vega-Mercado and Akiko Thompson, Olympic silver medalist Onyok Velasco, top basketball player Allan Caidic, and champion equestrienne Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski. When the Philippine delegates arrived, they were accompanied by Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman, actress Angel Locsin, and then World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion Manny Pacquiao.  Best of all, the Philippines erased the stigma of being the “sick man” of Asian sports, as it won golds left and right, even in sport events it was not usually dominant. Diver Sheila Mae Perez, swimmer Miguel Molina, rower Benjamin Tolentino Jr., and billiards ace Alex Pagulayan were the winningest Filipino athletes with three golds each. Wushu had the most golds with 11, followed by track and field, aquatics, boxing, billiards and snooker, taekwondo, traditional boat race, fencing, wrestling, bowling, judo, and archery. In addition, the Philippines won golds in arnis, karatedo, muay, rowing, shooting, lawn tennis, cycling, dance sports, golf, gymnastics, softball, baseball, lawn balls, equestrian, and pencak silat.  In total, the Philippines won the overall championship with an astonishing 113 gold, 84 silver, 94 bronze, and 291 total medal haul—its best ever in international competitions. Will the Philippines match or eclipse its historic achievement 14 years ago and continue its rise in the medal tally when it hosts the biennial event? Catch the 30th SEA Games in various locations in the Philippines from Saturday, November 30 until Wednesday, December 11 on ABS-CBN S+A, ABS-CBN S+A HD, Liga, Liga HD, iWant Sports, and sports.abs-cbn.com. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2019

SEA Games: After missing NU’s 6-peat, Jack hopes for gold with Gilas women

MANILA — One of National University’s basketball anchors, Jack Animam missed the Lady Bulldogs’ crowning glory in the UAAP after she was out when her team completed an undefeated 6-peat. Suffering an eye injury during the FIBA Olympic pre-Qualifying tournament in New Zealand, Animam wasn’t around for NU’s 95th and 96th straight victories in the UAAP to extend an unbeaten dynasty. Now fully healthy and back in action for Gilas Pilipinas women, Animam wants to make up by winning a gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. She’s certailnly off to a good start after the Philippines beat previous SEA Games tormentor Indonesia Thursday at the MOA Arena, 63-56. “2-3 weeks ago nandito yung collegiate team ko, nag-champion sila without me. Syempre gusto ko rin ma-emulate kung ano yung nagawa nila without me,” Animam said. “But with Gilas women. Gusto ko mag-gold. Gusto ko manalo para sa lahat ng mga taong sumusuporta samin,” she added. Animan has a habit of predicting wins — and she’s right pretty much all the time — but for 5x5 basketball in the SEA Games, she won’t make one. [Related: SEA Games: Animam predicts 3x3 gold for Gilas women] Instead, she says Gilas women will keep their focus as they know winning gold here will not be as easy as just speaking it into existence. Unlike the men’s team, the Philippine national women’s team has never won a gold medal in SEA Games basketball. At least not yet. “Basta ngayon ang masasabi ko lang, one game at a time kami,” Animam said. “Di kami pwede maging complacent, di kami pwede maging relaxed. One game at a time, papakita namin kung bakit yung women’s basketball nandito, and we will stay,” she added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

SEA Games: Silver still feels like gold for Filipino brothers in pencak silat

SUBIC - The Philippines was on the verge of a gold medal in the seni ganda male event in pencak silat in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Abad brothers Alfau Jan and Almohaidib scored 564 points after their routine - tops among six pairs. Only, they were tied with Malaysia and as per competition rules, ties will be broken by the decision of the jury. Ultimately, they ruled that Malaysia was first and the Philippines was second. And so, the Filipinos had to settle for silver even though their score was very much for gold. Asked about it afterward, Alfau Jan, the older brother, said, "Para sa amin, alam ko kami yung gold. Siguro, nadali lang kami sa time namin." Pressed further, he said that no categorical explanation was given, but in their eyes, their time most probably had something to do with it. "Inaantay nga po namin kaso wala pa pong explanation. Nung ni-review po nila, parang nabawasan kami ng isang segundo," the 21-year-old shared. He then continued, "Dapat 3:00, pero naging 2:59 lang kami. Tinapos na kasi nila, nag-gong agad sila, pero dapat, 3:00 kami." Make no mistake, however, the brothers are nothing but thankful for their medal as the last time around, they were actually ranked sixth. "Sa totoo lang po, last time, pang-sixth lang kami. Wala pa talaga kaming skills kasi yun yung first na sinalihan namin," Alfau Jan said. He then continued, "Kaya po after nun, training talaga kami. Napakalaking bagay po nun kaya mabuti pa rin pong naka-silver kami." After all, pencak silat is how they are strengthening their brotherly bond. "Kapag nagko-compete po kami, parang naglalaro lang kami. May connection na po kami kaya napapaganda lalo rito," the kuya said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

SEA Games: Pontejos mutes cheers as Gilas women focus on gold

MANILA — Much like her electric performance in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, the 2019 Southeast Asian Games here allowed Janine Pontejos to once again thrill a rabid home crowd. The diminutive sharpshooter dazzled Sunday as 3x3 play started at the Filoil Flying V Center for the 30th SEA Games, serving as a key cog for Gilas Pilipinas women’s perfect 3-0 start. Her ball handling skills and incredible range have once again captured the attention of Filipino fans. Still, as she’s getting showered by cheers, Pontejos tries to block everything out while on the court. She and the rest of Gilas women have a gold medal to win. “Hindi ko na iniisip yung crowd favorite,” Janine said. “Iiniisip ko yung game and yung focus namin sa laro. Kailangan manalo kami every game,” she added. Gilas women are a perfect 3-0 in the SEA Games but the national team has been challenged that’s for sure. The wins against Malaysia and Indonesia were certainly not easy. As 3x3 action moves to a pivotal Day 2 Monday, Pontejos and the rest of her crew intend to keep their focus and finish the day with gold. “Samin, panibagong araw na naman,” she said. “Kailangan tuly-tuloy pa rin yung momentum namin. Kailangan manalo kami hanggang matapos yung 3x3 at makuha yung gold,” Pontejos added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas shoots for twin golds in 3x3 basketball

3x3 basketball in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games conclude Monday at the San Juan Arena. The Philippines will shoot for twin gold medals in both men’s and women’s divisions. Gilas Pilipinas women are a perfect 3-0 after Sunday’s action with wins against Myanmar, Malaysia, and Indonesia. To end preliminary play, the Filipinas will take on Vietnam and Thailand in the morning. Meanwhile, Gilas Pilipinas is 4-0 in men’s play, taking down Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand. The national team will wrap up pool play against Malaysia and Cambodia. The medal rounds will then be played in the afternoon.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019

SEA Games: Records fall as Team PHI continues hauling in gold medals

Athletics bets reset new marks in their respective events as Team Philippines scooped up more gold medals on different fronts to add to its growing collection on Saturday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Kristina Marie Knott won gold and shattered the 2001 meet record set by Supavedee Khawpeag of Thailand in the women’s 200m. dash, clocking 23.01 seconds in the final at the New Clark City Stadium in Tarlac. Knott, who also set the new local standard, broke the old record earlier during the heats with 23.07 seconds only to reset it once again hours later. Khawpeag’s old mark was 23.30 seconds. She surpassed Fil-Canadian teammate Zion Corrales Nelson (23.32 seconds), who broke “Asia’s fastest woman” Lydia De Vega-Mercado’s local record (23.35 seconds) earlier this year in a US NCAA meet. Tokyo Olympics-bound EJ Obiena erased 5.35m 2017 mark of Thai Porranot Purahong by clearing 5.45m to write a new gold standard in men’s pole vault.  Their feat added more glitter to Team Philippines’ total haul of 89 gold medals with 67 silver and 65 bronze. Indonesia is running second with 50-49-58 gold-silver-bronze followed by Vietnam (45-50-64). Poomsae at the Ninoy Aquino stadium accounted for four mints courtesy of Rodolfo Reyes (men’s recognized individual), Jeordan Dominguez (men’s freestyle), Jocel Lyn Ninobla (women’s recognized individual) while Reyes teamed up with Dustin Mella and Raphael Mella to rule the men’s recognized team event. Asian Games champion Margielyn Didal won her second gold medal in the meet with her conquest in women’s skateboarding street, Daniela Reggie Dela Pisa contributed a mint in rhythmic gymnastics (hoop) while Chezka Centeno ruled the 10-ball pool single. Rowers Cris Nievarez (men’s lightweight single scull), Hermie Macaranas (men’s singles 200m) and the pair Melcah Jen Caballero and Joanie Delgaco (women’s lightweight double sculls) added golds as well as the sailing tandem of Lester Tayong and Emerson Villena (men’s international 470). The duo of Francis Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon ruled men’s tennis doubles, Noelle Manalac was victorious in women’s soft tennis singles, Junna Tsukii won the -50kg kumite in karatedo while the PHI women’s fencing team reigned supreme in epee.      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News16 hr. 13 min. ago

SEA Games: Pinoy spikers face Thais for championship berth

The Philippines is facing an uphill climb in its attempt to secure a gold medal round berth when it takes on defending champion Thailand in the semifinal of the 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s volleyball Sunday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. Game time is at 3:30 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, iWant and via livestream. The Nationals are seeded second in the in the crossover, knockout Final Four after closing the Pool B elimination round with a 2-1 win-loss record, losing only to 2017 silver medalist Indonesia. But the straight sets loss to the Indonesians could prove costly as the Filipinos set up an early collision course with the unbeaten five-peat-seeking Thais. PHI head coach Dante Alinsurin hopes that his wards led by the tandem of powerhitters Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas will learn from their mistakes in the previous outing to stand a chance against the mighty Thais.   “Siyempre ‘yung mga mali namin, yung mga miscommunication namin sa court, siguro magtututok kami dun,” said Alinsunurin, whose squad scored only one kill block and one ace against Indonesia. The Nationals averaged 14 blocks and seven aces in their wins against Cambodia and Vietnam. Thailand topped Pool A after beating Singapore and no. 2 semis seed Myanmar. Indonesia and Myanmar will square off at 6:00 p.m. while the classification match between Singapore and Vietnam is set at 1:00 p.m.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News16 hr. 13 min. ago

Filipinas Hallasgo, Tabal finish 1-2 in SEA Games marathon

NEW CLARK CITY, TARLAC - As expected, a Filipina reigned supreme in women’s marathon in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games - only, it wasn’t Mary Joy Tabal. Tabal, the now dethroned queen of the endurance race, had to be stretchered out as she wound up in second-place to kababayan Christine Hallasgo, Friday at NCC Athletics Center here. Hallasgo made sure the gold remained in the hands of a Filipina with a total time of 2:56:56 as her Cebuana teammate seemingly ran out of gas late. Tabal was ahead of the pack through the first three quarters of the endurance race, but ultimately fell victim to the heat. “Nag-training siya sa Japan na malamig diba, pero dito siya naglaro at na-encounter niya ang init ng panahon,” coach Eduardo Buenavista said. “Pero ang kagandahan kay Joy, lumaban talaga siya.” Indeed, the favorite in the event still willed herself to the finish line to clock in at 2:58:49 - sealing the deal on a 1-2 finish for the host country. Rounding out the podium is Hoang Thi Thanh of Vietnam with a time of 3:02:52. Over at the men’s side, gold went to Indonesia’s Agus Prayogo (2:26:48), silver went to Thailand’s Sanchai Namkhet (2:27:18), and bronze went to Malaysia’s Muhaizar Mohamad (2:33:08). Filipinos Jerald Zabala and Anthony Nerza wound up fifth and sixth, respectively. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2019

SEA Games: Gilas women start gold medal bid with win over Indonesia

MANILA — Road to gold is underway for Gilas Pilipinas women. The Philippines surged past Indonesia Thursday in women’s 5x5 basketball, with Gilas using a strong second half to score a 63-56 win at the MOA Arena. Gilas women’s second unit provided the spark in the third quarter and the big guns finished the job in the fourth, giving the Philippines its first win of the SEA Games. With the victory, Gilas women also avenged a 68-78 loss to Indonesia from two years ago in Kuala Lumpur, a game that pretty much cost the Philippines the bronze medal. Janine Pontejs led the Gilas women offense with 16 points while Kelly Hayes added 12 points. After the two, the Philippines still also got all-around production from Jack Animam (nine points and 12 rebounds), Ria Nabalan (seven points), and team captain Afril Bernardino (seven points). Indonesia got 16 points from Yuni Anggraeni in the loss. Gilas women will next take on two-time defending champion Malaysia Sunday still at the MOA Arena.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

SEA Games: PHI volleybelles relegated to battle for bronze

The Philippines kissed its gold medal hopes goodbye as 11-time defending champion Thailand turned back the Filipinas, 25-16, 25-22, 34-32, Thursday night in the 30th Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball competition at the jampacked PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. Even with the overwhelming odds against the finest team in the region, the Nationals, specifically team captain Aby Marano, stayed true to their promise to give the Thais a match to remember with a gallant stand until the bitter end as the Philippines saw its championship round bid go down the drain with its second straight defeat. Thailand set up a gold medal duel with Vietnam, the other unbeaten team after two outings, for a rematch of their 2015 Singapore edition championship battle. The Thais are now on its 15th straight gold medal match appearance Vietnam, which defeated Indonesia 20-25, 25-14, 19-25, 25-18, 15-6, in the curtain-raiser, and Thailand clash on Saturday in a preview of their gold medal clash. Alyssa Valdez, who scored five points in the closing stretch including the country's last of five set point advantages in the third set, finished with 14 points with 12 coming off attacks and added 12 digs while Mylene Paat had 11 points off eight kills and two kill blocks for the Philippines. Marano and Majoy Baron posted seven markers each for  the Nationals. “Sobrang nakaka-proud kasi like every huddle namin pinag-uusapan namin, ‘Maglaro lang kayo i-enjoy natin, give your 100 percent kasi wala naman mawawala eh.’ Yun nga pakiramdam namin eh,” said PHI coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Kung matatalo ka nakakalungkot pero yung pakiramdam namin na nakapag-perform kami ng napakaganda especially yung mga players grabe yung ginawa and then marami kaming napasayang tao, nakakatuwa kasi nakikita namin yung improvement every game." “’Yun din naman goal namin hanggang ma reach namin kung ano kaya namin this SEA Games,” he added. The Thais found the Nationals a tough nut to crack the whole match. The Filipinas breathed down Thailand's neck 17-21, in the third set after a Mylene Paat back-to-back hit and a Majoy Baron ace as the Nationals fought back from a 13-19 deficit. Maddie Madayag, Valdez and Jovelyn Gonzaga saved three match points to close in, 24-22, as Thailand called time. Valdez scored off a cross and Gonzaga forced a deuce before Thailand committed a line fault to give the Philippines the set point advantage. Veteran Wilavan Apinyapong stopped Thailand's bleeding with a down the line kill. An unsuccessful challenge by PHI head coach Shaq Delos Santos resulted on another Thai match point before Valdez knotted it at 26 with an off the block kill. Pimpichaya Kokram scored for Thailand but Valdez tied it again at 27. Kokram scored on the next play before Majoy Baron countered with a monster block for 28-28 count. Thailand committed an attack error before tying it again, 29-29. Mylene Paat got a kill block only to see Thailand force another deuce. Chatchu-on Moksri sent her service short but Thailand evened the set again at 31. Valdez hammered a kill for another PHI set point advantage, but Madayag crumbled under the pressure, overcooking her serve for a 32-32 tie. Kokram pounded a down the line hit before Wilavan sealed the edge-of-your-seat match with an off speed.                Kokram had 19 points with 17 coming off attacks while Apinyapong got 15 with all but one comin off kills for Thailand. The Thais looked poised for a walk in the park domination of the same squad they had been beating in the biennial meet since dethroning the Filipinas in 1995, in what turned out to be the start of their now-two and a half decade stranglehold of the crown, after taking a 21-9 advantage in the first set following an Alyssa Valdez attack error. Marano, who after losing to Vietnam in five sets vowed to give the Thais a memorable match on home soil, anchored an inspired rally to somehow close the gap, 16-23, on a kill block. But the Thais countered to extinguish the fight from the Filipinas. Fueled by the cheering home crowd, the Nationals sprung to life in the second set with libero Dawn Macandili providing one of the highlights as she dove head first to the stands trying to retrieve the ball to no avail.    Her effort fired up her teammates to give the Thais a scare with the Philippines taking what turned out to be its biggest lead in the duel, 13-10, capped by back-to-back hits by Majoy Baron. Then the Thais did what they do best. The Philippines will take on Indonesia, also winless in two games, on Saturday in a sneak peek of the bronze medal battle. The medal round is on Monday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

SEA Games: Pinay spikers to give Thais a match to remember

In what could be the last Southeast Asian Gams stint of three of Thailand women’s volleyball’s most popular players, the Philippines vows to give the powerhouse team a match to remember. The Nationals remain in high spirits despite an early heartbreak and are looking forward to a better showing against the 11-time defending champions of the biennial meet on Thursday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. Game time is at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, iWant and via livestream. After suffering a five-set setback at the hands of Vietnam in their competition opener last Tuesday, the Filipinas are hard-pressed to win their next two games for a chance to vie for the gold medal. But it will be an uphill climb as they will need to get past Thailand and its vaunted seasoned trio of Pleumjit Thinkaow, Wilavan Apinyapong and Nootsara Tomkom. “Excited kami, kasi last ASEAN Grand Prix, nakakuha kami ng isang set sa kanila, so ibig sabihin, kaya, may pag-asa, going against them,” said PHI team captain Aby Marano. “Gagawin namin 'tong motivation against them.” The skipper adds that this will be a memorable game for the home team especially with the possibility of the three veteran Thai players seeing action in the SEA Games for the last time. “Susulitin namin siyempre kung last playing year na rin nila Pleumjit, Nootsara, and Wilavan, why not makipagbakbakan kami doon,” said Marano. “Para lang at least matapos man yung career nila, tumatak man lang sa isip nila na, itong mga players ng Pilipinas, nag-improve na 'to from the first time na nakita namin silang maglaro ng volleyball since 2015 sa SEA Games.” The Philippines needs to hurdle Thailand, which destroyed Indonesia in straight sets, and the Indonesians on Saturday to advance to the gold medal round. A loss will relegate the Nationals to the battle for bronze medal.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

SEA Games: Teen coach all smiles despite no medal for PHI in Speed Ice Skating

MANILA — The Philippines’ performance in Ice Skating Short Track Speed for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games was promising considering the team’s circumstances. Pretty much all of the team are competing in their first SEA Games, including their 18-year-old head coach. Chino Mulingtapang, who still attends school as a senior high school student, only has good words for his team that saw action Tuesday at SM Megamall. “The performance of my team, they did great for their first time of competing,” he said. “It’s very hard for them, they were nervous and stressed out. But in the end, even if there were falls, they did their best. They enjoyed competing in the SEA Games,” Coach Chino added. Unfortunately despite the team’s best effort, there are no medals for the Philippines in Ice Skating Short Track Speed in the men’s and women’s divisions, at least for the 500M category and the 3000M relay for women. In the women’s 500M, Kayla Gonzales place 6th overall after clocking in at 51.888 seconds in her final heat. Singapore’s Cheyenne Goh ended up taking the gold medal, clocking in a 46.421 seconds in the Final. Malaysian duo Dione Tan Dione and Anja Chong took silver and bronze respectively. In men’s action, Marc Gonzales also placed 6th with a final heat time of 44.326 seconds. Kyla Macaraeg landed in 8th place. In the end, Thailand’s Natthapat Kancharin won the gold medal for the men’s Short Track Speed Skating with a time of 43.763 seconds in the Final. Wihardja got silver for Indonesia with 44.604 seconds. Thailand’s Triphop Thongngam complete the podium with 51.810 seconds for the bronze medal. In the women’s 3000M Relay, the Philippines missed out on the podium with a total time of 5:26.058 minutes. Malaysia won gold with a time of 4:53.235. Indonesia and Singapore took silve and bronze respectively.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2019

SEA Games: Pinay spikers suffer stinging loss to Vietnam

Vietnam silenced the home crowd after beating the Philippines, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 20-25, 15-8, on Tuesday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball competition at the PhilSports Arena.    Thi Thanh Thuy Tran reintroduced herself to the Filipinas after missing Vietnam’s last clash against the Philippines in the ASEAN Grand Prix second leg two months ago. The Philippines defeated Vietnam in both ASEAN Grand Prix legs. Tran uncorked 27 points with all but one coming off attacks and carved monster numbers on defense with 13 digs and 13 excellent receptions for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games bronze medalists. Thi Xuan Nguyen got 15 markers, Thi Nga Bui scored 14 while Thie Kieu Trinh Hoang added 10 for Vietnam, who frustrated the Filipinas with 15 kill blocks.         Vietnam was quick to recover from yielding the fourth frame as the visiting team banked on its vaunted net defense to create an early separation that the Filipinas failed to surmount. The Vietnamese will face Indonesia on Thursday. Alyssa Valdez posted 22 points to lead the Philippines with 20 coming off spikes and added 13 receptions. Ces Molina and Jovelyn Gonzaga finished with 12 markers each while Majoy Baron got 10.  The loss put the host team in tough position in the race for the top two spots in the short round robin format where the top two squads will faceoff for the gold. The third and fourth ranked teams will battle for the bronze. “Well, I think meron kaming magandang performance but siyempre nashort. Hindi maganda yung result pero lesson learned para sa amin siyempre kailangan namin paghandaan yung mga next game namin," said PHI head coach Shaq delos Santos. Down, 1-2, in the match, the Nationals backed by the huge crowd fought back in the fourth. Protecting a slim, 17-16, advantage, the Filipinas fired four straight points to take a five-point advantage before wrapping up the set to force a decider.       Vietnam broke a 19-19 deadlock in the second set with a 5-1 rally with Tran hitting a kill. Jovelyn Gonzaga stopped the bleeding before Valdez scored on back-to-back kills to push Philippines closer, 23-24. The Vietnamese doused cold water on the host team’s rally as setter Thu Hoai Nguyen scored on a tip to tie the match. Vietnam again ignited a huge 9-0 blitz to break a 13-13 tie in the third frame for a 22-13 lead. Gonzaga sparked the Nationals’ 4-1 fight back to cut their deficit, 17-23, before the Vietnamese countered to take the set point. Valdez scored back-to-back hits but committed an error in the next play as the Philippines went down, 1-2, in the match.                 The Philippines will take on 11-time defending champion Thailand on Thursday. The Thais defeated the 2017 silver medalist Indonesia in straight sets, 25-13, 25-15, 25-9.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2019

Agatha Wong wins second gold medal in wushu

AGATHA Wong won a second gold medal after topping the women’s taolu taijijian (wushu forms-straight sword) competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) on Tuesday morning at the World Trade Center Hall A in Pasay City. Wong tallied 9.65 points, enough for her to clinch double gold following her triumphant crown-retention bid in the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2019

Newcomer delivers gold in pencak silat

The Philippines pencak silat team got off to a rousing start, capturing two medals out of three events in the opener of the 30th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competitions yesterday here at the Subic Exhibit and Convention Center......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2019

SEA Games 2019: Hidilyn Diaz powers her way to first SEA Games gold

Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz earned her first gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games stage after breezing through the Women's 55-KG category of the 2019 SEA Games Weightlifting competition, Monday afternoon at the RMSC Ninoy Aquino Stadium.  Diaz was heavily favored heading into the event, and delivered as expected, setting the bar in the Snatch portion with a 91-KG finish. She would seal the gold medal finish with a 120-KG Clean and Jerk lift to end with a total of 211-KG.  "Sobrang saya kasi siyempre pinag-handaan ko ito, kaya malaki yung bunga ng pag-hahanda ko," said Diaz. It was the first gold in four SEA Games events for Diaz, who has won silver and bronze in past iterations of the biennial sports meet. Diaz was glad to have been able to do it in front of her fellow Filipinos.  "Nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa mga tao na pumunta sa event ngayong araw na ito, maraming-maraming salamat sa suporta niyo"  The SEA Games gold medal win also bolsters the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist's chances at qualifying for the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.  Rounding out the podium finishers were Vietnam's Thi Thuy Nguyen who took silver with 197, and Indonesia's Juliana Klarisa who took bronze with 175. Earlier in the day, a pair of Pinoy weightlifters also came close to podium finishes, with Elien Rose Perez finishing fourth in the Women's 49-KG category, while Dave Lloyd Pacaldo also finished fourth in the Men's 61-KG category. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

SEA Games: No time to celebrate for 4-0 Gilas says Newsome

MANILA — Despite a slow start, Gilas Pilipinas is 4-0 in men’s 3x3 basketball of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. After working to put away Indonesia in its opening game Sunday, Gilas got better as the day progressed, eventually ending with an impressive victory over Thailand. With four wins and no losses, the Philippines is undoubtly the gold medal favorites now as 3x3 action heads to a pivotal Day 2. “With a 4-0 start, it definitely improves our chances [for a gold medal] but by no means we’re finished with our work,” guard Chris Newsome said. “We’re not finished until the last game is done. Now is not the time to celebrate,” he added. Even as their play improved throughout Day 1, Newsome says Gilas can always step it up even more. And as the medal rounds near, the national team’s focus intensifies as well. “There were some lapses where we gave up 2-point shots. We want them to work for tough ones,” Newsome said, “Defense is the key for us. As long as we play defense, we’re always gonna have a chance in the ball game... that’s something that we need to take with us to tomorrow into the medal round if we’re gonna come out with the gold,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019