PH Wins 2nd SEA Games Gold Medal; PRRD medalists

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The Philippines team during the opening ceremony of the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, May 12, 2022 (Screenshot via PSC)

HANOI – Kurash (folk wrestling) athlete Jack Escarpe won the country’s second gold medal at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) here, emerging victorious in the men’s 73 kilogram (kg) event ).

The team also added two more medals – Sydney Sy’s silver in the women’s +87kg category, losing to Myanmar’s Aye Aye Aung 1-0, and Al Rolan Llamas’ bronze in the male -60 kg.

On Wednesday, Francine Padios (pencak silat) won the country’s first gold medal.

The SEA Games medalists will meet President Rodrigo Duterte before he leaves Malacañang on June 30.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez said in a press release on Friday that SEA Games medalists would receive cash benefits under Republic Act No. 10699 or national law. on benefits and incentives for athletes and coaches.

An individual SEA Games gold medalist will receive PHP 300,000, a silver medalist PHP 150,000 and a bronze medalist PHP 60,000.

“But knowing the president, it’s his style to give extra cash bonuses to athletes outside of what was provided by law once they visited him in Malacañang,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez said amid the Covid-19 pandemic, athletes are lucky that Congress has appropriated money to fund their training, needs and exhibitions abroad.

The PSC funded the participation of the Filipino contingent of 980 people, including 641 athletes and 210 coaches in 38 sports, to the tune of 232 million pesos.

The budget covers, among other things, airfare, hotel and accommodation, as well as allowances for athletes and coaches.

“The president is very supportive and of course we are also grateful to the private sector for giving them additional incentives,” Ramirez said.

Since the SEA Games are an integral part of the national team’s preparation for next year’s Asian Games in China and the 2024 Paris Olympics, Ramirez said it was only appropriate to give athletes the opportunity to hone their skills.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, staged last year due to the pandemic, saw weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz win the country’s first-ever gold medal in the quadrennial event.

Silver Wushu

Meanwhile, Jones Inso came up with a near-perfect routine and looked to have the gold medal ready with one remaining competitor in the men’s wushu taijiquan event at Cau Gias Sporting Hall here on Friday.

Malaysia’s Zhi Yan Tan, the last of the nine entrants, however, snatched a narrow victory, impressing the judges who awarded him 9.71 points and relegated Inso, who had 9.70 points, to the silver medal.

Inso failed to medal at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.

Jun Kai Chan of Singapore won bronze with 9.57 while another Filipino, Daniel Parantac, was seventh with 9.26.

Two other Filipinos – Thornton Quieney Lou Sayan and Johnzenth Gajo Rapada – missed the podium.

Sayan scored 9.63 in the men’s taolu nandao where local bet Quoc Khanh Pham emerged victorious with 9.70.

Rapada retired in the men’s taolu changquan with a score of 9.63.

Filipino wushu artists have dominated previous editions of the SEA Games with medals of 11-4-2 in 2005 and 7-2-2 in 2019 in Manila.

Triathlon

On Saturday, Andrew Kim Remolino and defending champion Kim Mangrobang will face off here in the triathlon at Sunset Bay.

Remolino, 22, Cebu’s top triathlete, wants to improve on his silver medal at the Philippines SEA Games three years ago at Subic Bay Freeport, where compatriot John Leerams “Rambo” Chicano reigned supreme.

Fernando Tan Caseres, 26, is Filipino-Spanish Fernando Tan Caseres, 26.

Mangrobang, who last time out triumphed in two hours and two minutes, will be joined by Raven Faith Alcoseba in the women’s race.

“It will be the same result – 1 and 2 or gold and silver. Our triathletes and duathletes are in good condition, so I think we can still retain the title,” said triathlon coach George Vilog.

Chicano will compete in Sunday’s duathlon event alongside Raymund Torio while Mangrobang will do double duty, competing alongside Alex Ganzon. (PR)

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