The Philippine team now has a total of five gold medals as of Tuesday afternoon. The 29th Southeast Asian Games kicked off Saturday and will end August 30. Athletes will compete in 404 events in 38 sports for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games hosted by Malaysia.
Here’s a run-down of the medalists worthy of Pinoy pride:
Mary Joy Tabal
The 28-year-old marathon queen bagged the first 2017 SEA Games gold for the Philippines in the wee hours of Saturday in Putrajaya. She reached the finish line well ahead of her competitors and clocked 2:48:26. Victory tasted sweeter for Tabal who had been dropped from the national team only a few months before the SEA Games by the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA).
Huelgas bagged the second gold for the country Monday after competing in the men’s triathlon at the Water Sports Complex in Putrajaya. He finished at 1:59:30; followed by John Chicano, also for the Philippines, who bagged the silver medal.
Triathlete Kim Mangrobang added the Philippines’ third gold medal Monday also at the Water Sports Complex in Putrajaya. She posted 2:11:14, followed by teammate Claire Adorna for the second lead.
Reyland Yuson Capellan
Capellan snagged the country’s fourth 2017 SEA Games gold medal and the first for Tuesday. He competed in the men’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise at MITEC HALL 6 in Kuala Lumpur and scored 13.950 points.
Kaitlin De Guzman
The 17-year-old gymnast took home another gold for the Philippines Tuesday. She competed in the women’s artistic gymnastics uneven bars event and reached the gold with a score of 12.875. The young gymnast and daughter of 1995 SEA Games gymnast gold medalist Cintamoni De Guzman will also compete in two more events.
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