PH wins 3 more golds in ASEAN Para Games
PHNOM PENH — The Philippines won three more golds in the track and field competitions of the 12th ASEAN Para Games at the Morodok Techo National Stadium Tuesday, June 6, here.
King James Reyes saved the best for last as he finally struck gold in the men’s 800 meters T46 where he timed in two minutes and 13.22 seconds after a pair of silver-medal efforts in 5000m Sunday and 1500m Monday.
He shared the limelight with Rosalie Torrefiel and Andrei Kuizon who reigned supreme in women’s javelin F11 and men’s shot put F54/34, respectively.
The feats hiked the Joel Deriado-mentored squad’s total to six, enough to match its haul last year in Surakarta, Indonesia with still one day remaining in the four-day centerpiece event.
At press time, the Filipinos are still a far fifth in the overall medal race with a 15-18-18 gold-silver-bronze haul.
Indonesia continued to hold sway at the helm with a 71-61-41 harvest followed by Thailand’s 46-49-36, Vietnam’s 31-29-45 and Malaysia’s 30-23-14.
“We’re still on target in surpassing the 28 gold medals we won last year in Surakarta,” said PSC commissioner and chef-de-mission Walter Torres.
Over at the Morodok Aquatics Center, the Filipinos’ golden streak came to a halt as they only managed a silver in the 100m butterfly S14 courtesy of Ariel Joseph Alegarbes, who clocked 1:00.73 in finishing behind eventual winner Muhd Imaan Aiman of Malaysia with 1:00.35.
The country had earlier won five golds in the first two days including two by Gary Bejino, who accomplished both in record-breaking fashions.
Reyes, a 21 year-old native of Loreto, Agusan del Sur, said he drew inspiration from his faith and family.
“Sila po ang inspirasyon ko,” said Reyes, who lost his right arm after falling from a three when he was still five years old.
For Torrefiel, she was a cut above the rest in her class where she heaved a 19.33m in finishing ahead of Thai Ratnaningsih Ratnaningsih (18.05) and Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Chin (17.98).
The same with Kuizon, a protégé of former national team mainstay Nixon Mas who blew away the competition with a 7.27m, or more than three meters ahead of eventual silver winner Phe Phawat of Cambodia who had a 4.17m.
Over at the Table Tennis Hall also in Morodok, the Filipino paddlers produced a pair of bronzes courtesy of Smith Billy Cartera and Racleo Martinez (men’s class 4 team event) and Leo Macalanda, Jobert Lumanta and Jayson Ocampo (men’s class 8).
In chess at the Royal University, rapid gold winners Darry Bernardo and Cheyzer Mendoza led their respective divisions after three rounds in the standard division.