Philippines still at 24th place, now with 7 medals in Asian Games 2023

MANILA, Philippines – As the 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games enters its sixth day, the Philippines remains in relentless pursuit of that elusive gold medal. Despite the unwavering efforts and dedication of the athletes, the highest honor has proven elusive thus far.

The Philippines remains at the 24th place, now with 7 medals - 1 silver and 6 bronze, based on the Asian Games 2023 official Medal Tally as of 6:00 pm today.

In the meantime, the Philippines temporarily settled for its first ever silver courtesy of wushu sanda artist Arnel Mandal, who bravely faced off against the home crowd favorite, Haidong Jang, although he narrowly missed the top spot on the podium.

Arnel Mandal delivers Philippines’ first ever silver medal in the Hangzhou Asian Games
Arnel Mandal delivers Philippines’ first ever silver medal in the Hangzhou Asian Games. File photo.

The Philippines not only earned a silver medal but also secured two bronze medals in tennis. Alex Eala, mentored by Rafael Nadal, won bronze in women's singles and mixed doubles with Francis Alcantara.

After securing a ticket to the round-of-sixteen after edging Myanmar, the Filipinas will have their toughest match by far, against another continental powerhouse, team Japan on September 30.

Just like the Filipinas, Gilas Pilipinas’ mettle will be thoroughly tested against mighty Jordan that dismantled both Thailand and Bahrain in a hapless fashion. All eyes are now on Justin Brownlee as he duels against “Lefty Kobe”, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

Gilas 3x3 men’s squad suffered its very first loss of the tournament today against Team Mongolia. Despite the drop, the nationals stayed in the hunt of a podium finish.

The “small but terrible” Perlas Pilipinas remains unbeaten in the 5x5 women’s basketball after toppling Hong Kong earlier. The Pinay cagers are expected to produce another medal for the country in the days to come.

Filipinas Tankers Teia Salvino, Thanya Dela Cruz, Jasmine Alkhaldi, and Kayla Sanchez will aim for Philippines’ first ever gold medal in the 19th Asian Games as they set to compete at the 4x100m medley relay finals tonight.

In eSports, Team Sibol - DOTA 2 has begun its campaign and claimed India as its first casualty of the region’s most elite eSport competition.

19th Asian Games Medal Tally as of 6 pm, September 29
19th Asian Games Medal Tally as of 6 pm, September 29. Photo courtesy of Philippine Sports Commission

World ranked-two pole vaulter, EJ Obiena warms up for the continental athletic meet. Obiena has nothing in mind but to defend his title as Asia’s pole vault king which starts on Saturday, September 30.

Like Obiena, Olympian and the country’s first ever Olympics gold medalist, Hidelyn Diaz sets her eyes on the trophy as she tries to conquer Hangzhou in weightlifting.

In boxing, Eumir Marcial and John Marvin are both on track to covet the country’s first ever golden finish in the continental meet. Unfortunately, Nesty Petecio exited the tournament earlier than expected as she fell at the hands of Taiwanese Lin yu Ting.

Philippines’ last taekwondo hopefuls, Kristie Alora and Samuel Morisson ended their Asian Games journey during their respective preliminary rounds. Not only did the jin bid goodbye to the Asiad, but they hung their doboks for good as they announced their retirement from national duties.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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