Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, chair of the Senate Committee on Sports, hailed the Filipino athletes who have so far clinched medals for the country in the ongoing 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.
So far Mary Francine Padios and Carlos Yulo have aced gold medals for (Indonesian) martial arts and gymnastics, respectively.
World champion Carlos Edriel Yulo bagged the gold medal in the men’s individual all-around and towed along Team Philippines to silver medal in men’s team event Friday in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Quan Ngura Sports Palace here.
The 22-year-old Olympian garnered 85.150 points to edge hometown bets Le Thanh Tung (84.050) and Dinh Phuong Thanh (82.450) in the event which was one of the Filipino’s targets in this meet.
Together with other Philippine gymnasts Jan Timbang (71.800), Juancho Besana (71.750), Justin Ace de Leon (59.600), John Matthew Vergara (42.450), and John Ivan Cruz (37.850), the Philippine team tallied a total of 301.600 points in the team event to claim the silver medal for the team event.
Meanwhile, the men’s beach handball team settled for silver after losing 1-2 to the host Vietnam. Filipino Kurash athletes likewise won three medals, including one silver and two bronzes.
In addition, the Philippine rowing team earned silver in the men’s lightweight double sculls and bronze in the women’s quadruple sculls, while the Pencak Silat men’s team took bronze.
Team Philippines has won ten medals so far —two golds, four silvers, and four bronzes.
It will be remembered that the Philippines topped the medal tally of the previous SEA Games, held at Clark Freeport Zone in 2019, garnering 149 gold, 177 silver, and 121 bronze medals.
Earlier, Go reaffirmed his unwavering support to the 987 Philippine delegates, who he said exemplified discipline and perseverance as they trained vigorously to represent the country at the regional sports meet to be held from May 12 to 23.
“As Chair of the Senate Committee on Sports, it is with great pride and honor that I express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to each and every one of you, for showing your undying devotion to our country through sports, and for upholding the true spirit of patriotism,” said Go.
Senator Go earlier congratulated Padios for winning the Philippines’ first gold medal in the regional meet. Padios won the country’s first gold medal in the Pencak Silat Women’s Seni Tunggal single final, defeating Indonesian Puspa Arum Sari.
She improved on the silver she won in the Philippines 2019 edition.
“My dad has become my inspiration after he figured in a terrible car accident on her way home in Aklan just before Christmas,” said Padios, whose dad has fallen into a coma since. “He was so exhausted and drowsy from work he slept before the wheel and met the accident.”
“He’s been movitating me ever since,” said Ms. Padios, whose 9.960 score bested favorite and defending 2019 champion Arum Sari of Indonesia who settled for silver with 9.945.
I wish the rest of the Team Philippines a very good luck as we defend our overall championship. The Filipino people are all behind you!” cheered Go.