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    SEA Games gold rush for PH: Home crowd inspires Pinoy athletes to win 23 gold on Day 1

    MANILA – It’s a gold rush for 2019 SEA Games host country as Pinoy athletes won a total of 23 gold medals on Day 1! It’s a historic feat for the Philippines.
    SEA Games gold rush for PH: Home crowd inspires Pinoy athletes to win 23 gold on Day 1

    In the 2017 SEA Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it took the Filipinos the entire competition to win 24 gold medals. This was later reduced to 23 after an equestrian was stripped of his medal and title after his horse tested positive of a banned substance. But with home court advantage, it took the Pinoy athletes just one day to get the same amount of gold in the 2019 SEA Games!

    John Rambo Chicano gold
    Photo credit: ABS-CBN News

    The gold rush began with an early win for John Rambo Chicano who got the gold for the Men’s Triathlon event held in Subic Bay. Kim Mangrobang would also bring home the gold as she wins the Women’s Triathlon event.

    But the two triathlon athletes were not the only ones who won gold for the country on Day 1 of the 2019 SEA Games.

    Kim Mangrobang gold
    Photo credit: GMA News

    The most golds came from Dancesports athletes. Partners Sean Mischa Aranar and Ana Leonila Manalo Nualla won three gold medals, Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Cañeda also got three gold medals, while Mark Jayson Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen got two gold medals, as well as Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo who also got two gold medals.

    Here’s the complete list of gold medal winners on Day 1 of the 2019 SEA Games, listed according to number of medals won per event:

    DANCESPORTS, 10

    • Sean Mischa Aranar and Ana Leonila Manalo Nualla (3)
    • Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Cañeda (3)
    • Mark Jayson Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen (2)
    • Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo (2)

    ARNIS, 5

    • Dexter Bolambao
    • Villardo Cunamay
    • Nino Mark Talledo
    • Mike Banares
    • Jezebel Morcillo

    SEPAK TAKRAW, 2

    • Men's hoop team - John Jeffrey Morcillos, John John Bobier, Metodio Suico Jr.,
    • Women's hoop team - Deseree Autor, Josefina Maat, Sarah Jean Kalalo


    TRIATHLON, 2

    • John Rambo Chicano
    • Kim Mangrobang

    CHESS, 1

    • Jan Emmanuel Garcia


    WUSHU, 1

    • Agatha Wong

    GYMNASTICS, 1

    • Carlos Yulo

    KURASH, 1

    • Estie Gay Liwanen

    SEA Games gold rush for PH: Home crowd inspires Pinoy athletes to win 23 gold on Day 1
    Photo credit: Inquirer

    — The Summit Express

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