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PH wushu sanda team brings gold haul to 47

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Category: newsSource: cnnphilippines cnnphilippinesDec 3rd, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Days: Pelicans could be in for seamless rebuild

Like most summers in the NBA, the 2019 edition was chock full of trades, free agent news and player movement. From the defending-champion Toronto Raptors to just about every other team in the league, change was the most applicable word when it came to describing team rosters for the 2019-20 season. With the opening of training camps just around the corner, NBA.com's Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- in order of regular-season finish from 2018-19 -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's team: New Orleans Pelicans 2018-19 Record: 33-49, did not qualify for the playoffs Key additions: Zion Williamson (Draft), Lonzo Ball (trade), Brandon Ingram (trade), JJ Redick (free agency), Derrick Favors (trade), Josh Hart (trade), Jaxson Hayes (Draft), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Draft) Key departures: Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton The lowdown: There were teams with worst records and teams with more drama. But no team had a combination of both quite like the Pelicans. It all swirled around Davis, the best player in franchise history, who pulled a power move by switching agents to Rich Paul, business partner of LeBron James. Everyone saw what was coming next except Dell Demps, the beleaguered GM who refused to be proactive and instead tried to fight a losing battle. Through Paul, Davis made a private trade request in the fall and then went public a week prior to the trade deadline when Demps hesitated. When the deadline passed, Davis was still in New Orleans and that was a problem. The rest of the season was a disaster, as Davis was in an awkward state of limbo and the Pelicans, anxious to preserve their only true asset, managed his minutes. The fallout was severe: Fan backlash toward Davis, a fractured locker room, a state of emergency within a franchise that wasn’t among the league’s healthiest to begin with, and Demps getting the boot. Everything else about the Pelicans was overshadowed, such as Randle’s solid production in his first (and subsequently only) season in New Orleans and Jrue Holiday’s continued splendid play on both ends. In the end, Davis had long checked out, the Pelicans fell back into the lottery a year after reaching the second round of the playoffs, and a housecleaning was ordered by ownership. Summer summary: History might reflect that the Davis fiasco, in hindsight, was the most important moment in franchise history, and in a positive way. That’s because a much-needed series of changes were forced to happen because of it, and just maybe the Pelicans will be better off for it. It created a change in command, with David Griffin replacing Demps and tackling the Davis situation head-on rather than tiptoeing around it. And because Davis was essentially benched the entire second half of the season, that allowed the Pelicans to fall into the lottery, where they got lucky and landed the first overall pick in one of those drafts that contained a potential game-changer. New Orleans flipped almost overnight, getting an impressive haul for Davis in the long-awaited trade with the Lakers, and adding Zion Williamson, an explosive talent with gate appeal. It was a best-case scenario for the Pelicans, who went from laughingstock to landing a game on Christmas Day this season. Griffin played his hand skillfully, unlike Demps. Griffin didn’t create distrust or burn bridges and instead maintained good communication with Davis and all potential trading partners. He created a robust market for Davis and then negotiated with the one team that needed Davis the most: the Lakers with an aging LeBron James. Not only did Griffin get promising young players in Ball, Ingram and Hart, he also acquired the Lakers’ future with a collection of first-round picks and first-round swaps. Essentially, if the Lakers collapse in the post-LeBron era, the Pelicans will be awash in assets similar to the Boston Celtics when those Brooklyn Nets’ first-rounders turned to gold. Williamson should never have to worry about talent around him in New Orleans as Davis did. And unlike Davis, Williamson won’t be in a hurry to leave in a huff. There’s no reason for the Pelicans to tank, knowing that ample picks are coming their way. With that in mind, Griffin seized the moment to ramp up the rotation, adding some much-needed shooting in Redick and a reliable veteran in Favors. It’s very possible that the Pelicans can compete for a playoff spot in 2019-20, and again, this seemed remote when last season ended. There’s plenty of hope for Ball. He’ll have the relief of playing away from L.A. for the first time in his life and the advantage of suiting up next to Holiday, who can play off the ball if necessary. Ingram will be returning from a health scare related to blood clots that cut short his season but the prognosis is good. In addition to Williamson, the draft also produced Alexander-Walker, who brings good size (6-foot-5) to the backcourt, and Hayes, a raw big man who’ll instantly enroll in the Pelicans’ development school. To make the upcoming season as stress-free as possible, Griffin handed coach Alvin Gentry a one-year extension. The pair once worked together in Phoenix, when Gentry led the Suns to the Western Conference finals. For the first time in his tenure with the Pelicans, Gentry has ample talent and a solid plan. Now it’s up to him to put the right pieces in place. Clearly, though, the big prize is Williamson, who comes with robust talent and also a personality that reflects well on him and the franchise. Williamson can be a savior and, once Drew Brees retires, the face of New Orleans sports. It all depends if he makes good on the immense expectations. Given his knack for making crowd-pleasing plays on both ends, the burly forward has star potential -- which is exactly what a small market needs. There’s a reason why the Draft lottery results caused Gentry to curse with joy and team employees to dance on tables. Perhaps never before has a franchise fallen hard, then rose suddenly, quite like the Pelicans did in a matter of weeks. They’re still partying in New Orleans. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2019

PH bags six medals in Asian Wushu meet

The Philippine wushu team brought home six medals in the just-concluded 9th Asian Wushu Championships in Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei. Divine Wally of Baguio City delivered the gold medal in the female Sanda 48kg. division after beating Vietnam’s L.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 6th, 2016

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. 29 min. ago

Seven gold-medal haul on day 6 steadies Team PH on top of SEA Games

The Philippines continued its dominance on Day 6 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games and remained firmly entrenched at the top, thanks to an unheralded marathoner, an Asian Games golf champ, a Fil-Japanese in judo, a twin-kill from the debuting obstacle racing course event and a former contestant from the ABS-CBN’s The Voice Teens Philippines in modern pentathlon......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 6th, 2019

SEAG Day 5: More medals for PH from Cebuano athletes

NEW CLARK CITY, Philippines — Cebuano athletes continue to win in various competitions and contributed to the growing medal count of Team Pilipinas on the fifth day of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG). The latest medal haul of three gold, one silver and three bronze were earned in the fields of skateboarding, judo, mixed […] The post SEAG Day 5: More medals for PH from Cebuano athletes appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2019

Avalanche of gold continues; swimmer shines

As Team Philippines doubled its medal haul, two Filipino-American bets broke two national records and contributed to the host country’s eight-gold tally on Day 4 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

Olympic champion Biles to headline post-Olympic tour

By Will Graves, Associated Press Simone Biles wants to bring gymnastics to the masses and plans to bring some of her friends along for the ride. The Olympic and world champion is headlining a tour in the fall of 2020 that will be a mixture of sports and entertainment intended to inspire the next generation of female athletes. The “Gold Over America” tour will visit more than 35 cities, including Biles' hometown of Houston as well as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The idea originated when Biles was in the early stages of her return to gymnastics in the fall of 2017 after taking a year off following her memorable performance at the 2016 Olympics, where she won four gold medals and five in all, becoming the face of her sport. “When we found out I was coming back, we kind of sat down and talked about things I would want to do,” Biles told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “They said it could be as small as starting a perfume line or maybe as big as a tour. I was like, 'Actually, that would be pretty sweet. That would be the coolest thing ever.'" The women-only roster will reunite Biles with longtime friend Katelyn Ohashi. Ohashi and Biles competed against each other growing up. Like Biles, Ohashi — the 2012 junior national champion — had designs on competing at the Olympics before injuries sidetracked her elite career. She instead attended UCLA, helping the Bruins win the national title in 2018 and becoming a viral sensation last winter with her Michael Jackson-themed floor routine. "She made her mark," Biles said. “She put college gymnastics and gymnastics ... back on the map. She has impacted a lot of female gymnasts and I think this really brings us full circle." The tour will also finally allow Biles to join forces with former UCLA coach Val Kondos Field. Biles verbally committed to compete for the Bruins before turning professional in 2015. Kondos Field, who retired last spring, will serve as executive producer and supervising choreographer for the tour. Biles said the goal is to bring the sport closer to the audience and also to loosen things up a bit. The plan is to utilize giant video screens, pyrotechnics and an in-house DJ. “We want this to be completely different," Biles said. “There will be dancing. Hopefully trampoline. Something people have never seen before." Biles captured five gold medals at the 2019 world championships to boost her career total to 25 medals overall, a record for both men and women. She is widely considered the greatest gymnast of all time and her face has been at the forefront of television promos for the 2020 Olympics, where she will try to become the first woman in more than 50 years to repeat as gymnastics champion. While there are times she admits she's still processing her fame, she's is starting to understand her influence on the sport. It's one of the reasons she agreed to headline the tour. “In a way, it’s scary," Biles said. "But at this point I also feel like it’s really exciting to have a platform that I do and to be able to do some of the things that I’ve been blessed with. I think it’s a combination of both. So I don’t know. We went back and forth on if we wanted my name in it, but you never know. I think it’ll be OK.” USA Gymnastics typically coordinates a post-Olympic tour of its own, though there are no plans for one in 2020. The organization remains in bankruptcy court as it tries to reach a resolution with athletes who were sexually abused by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, who abused gymnasts — Biles included — under the guise of treatment. Biles said she hasn't spoken to anyone at USA Gymnastics directly about her tour but added, “I know they’re aware about it and they’ve been pretty supportive." “Simone is an amazing athlete and person, and having her own tour will give her a stage to showcase her skills and talent, as well as those of other women," USA Gymnastics said in a statement. Just how many athletes will join Biles and Ohashi remains uncertain. “We’re looking at the top of the line and the best gymnasts from elite and maybe we did think from around the world, but that gets really, really difficult just because of the visas and all of that stuff," Biles said. “Right now in the circle I know a couple of college gymnasts and then elite gymnasts (who will be on the tour), like world class.” Biles is in the midst of a recovery period following her record-breaking performance at the world championships. She said she anticipates returning to competition in April before the US Championships, the Olympic Trials and then the Olympics next summer. Then it's likely off to retirement and a chance to make an impact far beyond the competition floor, a process that will start with the tour, where she will have her hand in selecting the group and helping put the show together. “I feel like everyone’s creative vision coming together is very unique,” she said. “And so I think once we get together and we have a set plan on what we’ll do, it'll be very exciting.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

SEA Games 2019: Carlos Yulo caps off medal haul with 5th silver medal

Make it seven medals for Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo in his Southeast Asian Games debut.  The 19-year old star capped off his astonishing run in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games with a silver medal in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bars Final event, Wednesday evening at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.  Yulo's mesmerizing bar routine was good enough to score a 13.667.  #SEAGames2019 | Gymnastics - Artistic CALOY YULO WOW pic.twitter.com/zczKezOS5t — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) December 4, 2019 It wouldn't be enough however, to surpass Vietnam's Phuong Thanh Dinh, who scored a 13.767 in his routine.  Nevetheless, it was nothing short of a stellar SEA Games campaign for the 2019 World Champion, who brings home a total of seven medals: two gold medals and five silver medals.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2019

SEA Games: Team PHI now with 56 gold medals overall

Newly-introduced sport obstacle course racing turned out to be a goldmine for the Philippines after digging four gold medals to add to the host nation’s haul in Day 4 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. The hosts earned nine gold medals on Wednesday.  Team Philippines closed the day with a total of 56 golds, 41 silvers and 22 bronzes. The PHI obstacle course bets were victorious at the Filinvest City, Alabang course with Kevin Jeffrey Pascua winning the men’s individual 100 m. x 10 obstacle while Rochelle Suarez ruled the women’s division of the event. Not to be outdone, the team of Diana Buhler, Jeffrey Regino, Keilah Rodriguez and Nathaniel Sanchez dominated the mixed team relay 400m. x 12 obstacle while the crew of Kyle Redentor, Kaizen Dela Serna, Manolito Divina and Deanne Moncada won in the mixed team assist 400m. x 12 obstacle. At the Aquatics Center in New Clark City, Tarlac, the Philippines finally ended a decade-long gold medal drought Filipino-American James Deiparine in the men’s 100m. breaststroke. Not only is Deiparine the first Filipino gold medalist in swimming since 2019, he is also the regional meet’s new record holder with a time of 1:01:46. Weightlifting found a new princess in Kristel Macrohon after winning the gold medal in women’s 71kg. with a lift of 123kg. in clean and jerk and 93 in snatch for a total of 216kg. to the delight of the crowd inside the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. In the Marine Corps Training Center in Taguig City, Marly Martir shot her way to two gold medals after ruling the WA 1500 PPC women’s individual with a score of 1450-60x before teaming up with Franchette Quiroz and Elvie Baldivino in the team even with a total score of 4320-161x to round up Team Philippines' outing.   Meanwhile, the men’s pair of Jearome Calica and Joemar Gallaza staked claim to the top spot in the Wai Kru event of Muay Thai, Wednesday at Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center with a score of 9.59......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2019

Pinoy fighters sweep sanda combat events

​Clemente Tabugara Jr. and Jessie Aligaga, two standouts who took over spots once held in the national team by wushu legends Eduard Folayang and Rene Catalan, led Team Philippines to a sweep of all five sanda (Chinese kickboxing) events of the 30th Southeast Asian Games wushu competitions yesterday at the World Trade Center in Pasay City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2019

SEA Games: Pinas humakot pa ng 5 ginto sa wushu

NAGWAGI ang Pilipinas ng lima pang gintong medalya sa wushu matapos manaig sa 30th Southeast Asian Games sanda finals Martes ng hapon sa World Trade Center. Naunang naipanalo ni Divine Wally ang ginto matapos magdomina sa women’s 48kg sanda competition. Sinundan ito ng panibagong gold ni Jessie Aligaga sa men’s 48kg final. Kasunod ni Aligaga […] The post SEA Games: Pinas humakot pa ng 5 ginto sa wushu appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2019

Sanda bets shine

The Philippines showcased its dominance in the Sanda Wushu event, bagging six medals out of seven events. Divine Wally of the Women’ 48kg category, Jessie Aligaga of Men’s 48kg category, Arnel Mandal of the Men’s 52kg, Francisco Solis of Men’s 56kg and Clemente Tagubara Jr. of Men’s 65kg all clinched the gold medal in their […] The post Sanda bets shine appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2019

Philippine sepak takraw opens campaign with two-gold haul

The gold medal rush rubbed off on the Philippine sepak takraw team which hammered out a double-gold medal haul at the start of the 30th Southeast Asian Games sepak takraw competitions here at the Subic Gym yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

Cebuano athletes’ medal haul on Day 1 of SEA Games: 6 gold, 3 silver medals

  CLARK CITY, Philippines — The Cebuano athletes contributed six gold medals and three silver medals to the overall medal tally of the Philippine Team on the official first day of hostilities of the 30th Southeast Asian Games held in various venues in Luzon. The gold medal haul of the Cebuanos was led by the […] The post Cebuano athletes’ medal haul on Day 1 of SEA Games: 6 gold, 3 silver medals appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

SEA Games: Team PHI hauls 23 gold medals in Day 1

Team Philippines tied its total gold medal output two years ago with a deluge of mints in Day 1 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Sunday. The host bets burned the dance floor with 10 gold medals in dancesport while Rambo Chicano opened the flood gates as he drew first blood for the host nation. A total of 23 gold medals went to the coffers of the Philippines as it duplicated the country’s total output in Kuala Lumpur two years ago. The PHI actually won 24 gold in 2017 but was stripped of its lone gold in equestrian after Colin Syquia was disqualified after his horse Adventure E tested positive of banned a substance.   Chicano made up for the absence of two-time gold medalist Nikko Huelgas, who came up short for qualifying in the competition, as he crossed the finish line with a clocking of 1:53:26 at the Subic Bay Boardwalk to deliver the Philippines its first gold medal. But it was the dancesport team that took the spotlight as the Filipino dancers strutted their way to 10 mints at the Royce Hotel in Clark. Only four gold medals out of the 14 mints at stake slipped from the hands of the home team. Partners Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Marie Caneda collected gold medals in single dance samba, single dance chacha and single dance rumba. Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo won golds in pasodoble, jive and all five dances so while the tandem of Sean Aranar and Ana Nualla won in tango and Viennese Waltz while the pair of Mark Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen ruled the waltz and foxtrot. At the Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga, arnis accounted for five gold from Jezebel Morcillo in women’s bantamweight, Dexter Bolambao in men’s bantamweight, Villardo Cunamay in men’s lightweight, Nino Mark Talledo in men’s featherweight and Mark Banares in men’s welterweight.        In wushu, Agatha Wong notched Team PHI's second gold of the day with a succesful defense of her women's taijiquan crown at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Tokyo Olympics bet Caloy Yulo opened his gymnastics campaign with a gold medal in the men’s all-around at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Two gold medals came from sepak takraw in the men’s and women’s hoop events while Kim Mangrobang completed the Philippines’ triathlon win after ruling the distaff side. Rick Jason Senales men’s 90 kg. while IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia bagged the gold in online chess. The Philippines won 12 silver and nine bronze medals to close out Day 1. Alisson Perticheto and Christopher Caluza bagged silver medals in women’s and men’s figure skating, respectively.  Kim Remolino finished second to Chicano while Kim Kilgroe gave the Filipinas a 1-2 finish in triathlon. Other silver medalists were Jude Oliver Rodriguez (arnis), John Fabliar Ceniza (weightlifting), Niño Surban (cycling), Jenielou Mosqueda (kurash), Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo and partners Mark Jayson Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen (dancsport), men’s polo and men’s water polo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019

Ceniza grabs silver, Diaz gets weightlifting bronze

John Fabuar Ceniza fell short and failed to add to Team Philippines’ gold medal haul as he claimed the silver while Nary Flor Diaz took the bronze in Day 1 of weightlifting competitions in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019

Philippines clinches first gold medals in 30th SEA Games

Team Philippines scored its first gold medals as John Rambo Chicano and Agatha Wong in the men's triathlon and Wushu women's taijiquan events, respectively, in the 30th Southeast Asian Games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019

SEA Games: Sepak takraw piles onto PHI medal haul with double gold in hoop event

SUBIC - Not only has the Philippine sepak takraw national team reigned supreme in the hoop event in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, it has also made history. Both women’s and men’s squads bested their competitors and brought home double gold in the returning event held Sunday inside Subic Gym. Up first were the women who put up 670 points to edge out Indonesia. Just one score was the difference between the two teams as the Indonesians wound up with 660 points. Still, the win was a historic one for Filipinos as, before this, they have never won a gold medal in sepak takraw. Later, the men made history of their own by pulling off a more decisive win in totalling 670 points - 220 better than their closest competitor. That closest competitor was Cambodia who nonetheless claimed silver. Taking home bronze medals are Myanmar for the women’s and Laos for the men’s. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 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

ONE Championship: Andun pa yung fire - Eduard Folayang highly motivated as he begins his comeback

After absorbing back-to-back defeats for just the second time in his professional mixed martial arts career, Filipino star Eduard “Landslide” Folayang once again finds himself on the comeback trail as he tries to once again have his hand raised in victory inside the ONE Circle.  The former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion dropped the title to Shinya Aoki in the first defense of his second run as champion back in March, and then followed that up with a loss to Eddie Alvarez in August.  At 34 years of age, there really isn’t much left for Folayang to prove. A professional since 2007, Folayang has a respectable 21-8 professional record which includes championships in regional promotions and two world championship runs under the ONE banner. As it stands, he is already the face of Filipino MMA.  If he were to, say, hang his gloves up and dedicate his life to coaching future champions from Team Lakay, it’s highly unlikely that anyone would take it against him.  Yet, Folayang is gearing up for a return to action at ONE: Masters of Fate this coming Friday, November 8th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Manila, Philippines. He faces Mongolian up-and-comer Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhu in the co-main event. When asked what keeps him motivated, even after back-to-back losses, the former Philippine Wushu National Team Member and multiple-time SEA Games gold medalist says that he believes there’s still a lot for him to show.  “Yung pakiramdam na alam mong mayroon ka pang potential, hindi mo pa nai-uunleash yung full potential mo, yun yung parang nagpapalakas sa akin, na hindi pa dapat mag-give up, kasi still, andun parin yung fire na mag-rise up again,” Folayang told ABS-CBN Sports. “I think purposely, inallow ni God [yung mga losses ko] para makita ko yung mga areas na kailangan kong ayusin and yung mga pagkakamali talaga na kailangan kong iwasan sa mga future bouts ko.” For Folayang, the Alvarez bout in Manila last August is one that stung quite a bit.  A former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion, Alvarez’s signing with ONE was met with lots of hype and anticipation. As early as then, a potential matchup with Folayang was already something that fans of the Asian martial arts promotion were intrigued to see.  When the bout was finally going to take place, it was billed as a must-see matchup between two of the division’s biggest stars.  Indeed, the bout lived up to the hype as it included a little bit of everything that a fight fan would want to see. Folayang, a striking expert, was the more aggressive fighter on the feet and was able to use his best weapon - his tree-trunk legs - to do damage and chop Alvarez down.  Once he had dropped “The Underground King” Folayang went in for the kill, and that eagerness to get the finish was what ultimately led to the Pinoy hero’s downfall in the match.  While obviously hurt by the chopping leg kick he had absorbed just moments earlier, Alvarez remained composed as he tried to survive the landslide of strikes coming from Folayang. The American found his opening and flipped Folayang over for the reversal before taking the Filipino’s back and finally getting the Rear Naked Choke Submission, forcing the hometown bet to tap out.  “Gina-gauge ko yung sarili ko eh, alam mo yun? Yung expectations ko sa kanya, hindi ganun eh. Sobrang taas, tapos nung laglaban kami, naramdaman ko, pero siyempre, nakalimutan ko siguro na magaling din siya sa ground, or either nang-gigil ako na gusto kong tumayo ulit para tapusin na namin yung laban sa taas,” Folayang explained.  “Siguro yun yung naging mga pagkakamali ko that time, na ayaw ko maulit. Hindi ako naging composed sa sarili ko, nakalimutan ko na yung laban ay mixed martial arts, kung saan lahat ng angle, kapag dun ka kinuha, kahit nananalo ka na sa isang area, hindi yun yung laban eh. Yung laban ay yung kung natapos na. Siguro yun yung parang nakita ko na nagkamali ako,” he added.  Had Folayang won, he would have advanced to the Finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan.  Alvarez ultimately pulled out after an injury had barred him from competing in the finale against Turkey’s Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev. Arslanaliev ultimately lost to Christian Lee, who stepped in as Alvarez’s replacement.  Throughout his career, Folayang has had some rather heartbreaking losses, but the Alvarez one has to be up there as one of the most, especially since he was quite dominant in the opening moments of the bout.  Folayang admits that it took quite a bit for him to get over that.  “Hindi [ako agad naka-get over] eh, kasi everytime, may makaka-salubong na na ireremind sayo, ‘Sayang!’ yung ganun,” But it was also that bout against Alvarez - specifically that sequence that nearly ended the fight in his favor - that somehow made him realize what he is still capable of.   “Dun ko din talaga nakita na, kung yung ganung level ni Alvarez, sa kalakasan niya, nasurpass ko, I think mayroon pa talaga eh. Hindi ko pa talaga nare-reach yung full potential ko eh, may mas maipapakita pa ako na mas magandang performance, lalo na kapag idinagdag ko yung mga experience ko na kagaya nung mga ganung experience.” To help move past the loss, Folayang returned to the gym to help his teammates who were getting ready for their big matches in Tokyo.  Hardly taking any damage in the loss to Alvarez, Folayang was pretty much in shape to get back in action, and a small window of opportunity appeared when it was announced that Alvarez had pulled out.  According to ONE Championship Chairman Chatri Sityodtong, Folayang was the first option to replace Alvarez, but with just around two weeks left before fight night, visa issues prevented the Filipino star from stepping in, opening the door for Lee to do so.  “Siyempre, hindi naman natin alam kung ano yung mangyayari, kasi professional na tayo, kailangan lagi parin tayong handa, although siyempre, yung nasa utak natin talaga ay gusto natin lumaban, kaya nagte-training pa din. So nung sinabi yung late replacement kay Dagi, nag-oo ako, pero unfortunately, hindi talaga siguro time,” Folayang said.  The time for Folayang’s comeback, as it turns out, was the month after.  Facing a relatively unknown opponent in Tsogookhu, Folayang has the chance to get back on track and pick up a solid win, but it could also prove to be a high-risk challenge, as Tsogookhu was impressive in his debut against veteran Shannon Wiratchai.  Folayang says that he fully understands the risk behind the fight, but to be able to get back to the top of the division, he must be able to face risk head on.  “Yun yung maganda sa MMA, the more na naiintindihan mo na it’s high risk, alam mo yun. Kasi kahit sabihin mo na more experienced ka, kung mag-commit ka ng single mistake, kakainin ka eh, so, yun. We are fighters, as much as possible, kung sino man yung mag-sstand dun sa way natin, kailangan natin i-face para makabalik tayo doon sa inaasam natin.”   Catch ONE: MASTERS OF FATE live on Friday, November 8th LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 on LIVESTREAM via the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and on iWant starting at 8:30 PM. ONE: MASTERS OF FATE will also air on Sunday's Best on November 17th, Sunday, at 11:30 PM with local commentatry from Anton Roxas and Theo Castillo  .....»»

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