TAGAYTAY City – Two Filipino skateboarders secured twin golds for the country during the skateboarding event of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games here on Thursday.
Cebuana skater Margielyn Didal, the reigning Asian Games champion in the street event, easily notched her first SEA Games gold medal in the women’s Game of S.K.A.T.E event.
Daniel Ledermann, on the other hand, also made a quick work of Indonesian Basral Hutomo in the championship game to complete the sweep of the skateboarding event.
Samuel German and Princess Arbillon captured the gold medal in the modern pentathlon beach lazer mixed relay after outlasting their foes. German also had silver in men’s pentathlon beach lazer.
Biker Jermyn Prado also notched a gold medal for the Philippine delegation at the women’s individual time trial, while fencer Jylyn Nicanor bagged the gold in individual sabre after beating her Thai foe in the finals, 15-14.
In judo, Shugen Pablo Nakano clinched the gold medal in women’s 66 kilogram event, while Khrizzie Pabulayan and Keisei Nakano settled for bronze medal finishes in their events.
Carlos Yulo capped off his SEA Games campaign with another silver medal in the men’s parallel bars. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics bound gymnast has a total of two golds and five silver medals.
Jearome Calica and Joemar Gallaza, meanwhile, delivered Philippines’ first gold medals in the waikru event since 2013 after they averaged 9.59 points in the two-round competition.
For the distaff’s side, the Philippines’ Irendin Lepayan and Rusha Bayacsan made silver shine like gold as the two almost toppled heavy-favorites Thanawan Thongduang and Ruchira Wongsriwo of Thailand.
Alfau Jan Abad and Almohaidib Abad notched their second silver medal in pencak silat, while Ilonggo Dines Dumaan won bronze. In shooting Ditto Nestor Dinopol netted a silver medal.
Monica Torres, Efraim Inigo, Mary Fornea and Emmanuel Comendador settled for bronze in duathlon, Marc Joseph Gonzales also had bronze in short track speed skating, while Jasmine Alkhaldi also ended with bronze in swimming.
In demo sports, Ilonggo Eugene Torre, Darwin Laylo and Paulo Bersamina notched gold in men’s chess problem solving, while the trio of Janelle Frayna, Catherine Secopito and Shania Mae Mendoza settled for silver in distaff side.
As of 6 pm. last night, Philippines remained on top of medal standings with 60 golds, 44 silver and 26 bronze medals./PN