Philippines claims 6 golds in 2017 SEA Games

The Philippines will take home 6 golds from the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as of 4:30 pm on Tuesday, August 22.

Philippines claims 6 golds in 2017 SEA Games

Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal delivered the first gold for the country on the morning of the SEA Games' official opening day, Saturday, August 19. Tabal, who trained in Tuscany, Italy, clocked 2:48:26 beating Hoang Thi Thanh of Vietnam by 7 minutes and Natthaya Thanaronnawat of Thailand by 10 minutes.

In her interview with Rappler, Tabal said in Tagalog: "At the last loop, I hardly could move my legs because of the excitement but I controlled it because I did not want to disappoint our country. I was thinking I want to give what the Filipinos are expecting me to give.”

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Triathletes Nikko Huelgas and Kim Mangrobang bagged two golds for the country on Monday, August 21 in the swim-bike-run-event. Bagging the gold for the second straight time in the SEA Games, Huelgas won with an official time of 1:59:21. On the other hand, Mangrobang clocked in 2:11:14 beating 2015 gold medalist Claire Adorna with a time of 2:18:58.

When asked about her winning strategy, the 25-year-old Mangrobang revealed: “Gumawa kami ng strategy para ma-assure namin ang first and second, tapos sa run, bahala na.”

On Tuesday, August 22, the Philippine Gymnastics team added two golds to the country’s haul. Reyland Capellan, 2015 SEA Games gold medalist, successfully retained his title and bagged the Philippines’ fourth gold in men’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise. He garnered 13.950 points beating Zul Bahrin Sin Mat of Malaysia with 13.750 points and Tikumporn Surintornta of Thailand with 13.600 points.

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With a score of 9.66, Agatha Wong won a gold medal in the women's taijiquan in wushu. She claimed silver in women's taijijian (straight two-edged sword) with a score of 9.65 on Monday, August 21.

According to Philippine SEA Games chef de mission Cynthia Carrion-Norton, the Philippine team earlier promised to take home 63 gold medals. In 2015, the Philippine delegation took home 29 gold medals.

-- Mini, The Summit Express

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