MANILA -- Team Philippines almost doubled its gold medal haul in the 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, harvesting a total of 47 gold medals, 28 silvers, and 16 bronzes in the ongoing 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games being held in different venues here and in Luzon as of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
It can be recalled that Philippines finished sixth overall in the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia edition of the biennial meet with 24 golds, 33 silvers, and 64 bronzes.
World champion Carlos Yulo, 19, led Day 3 gold winners by topping the men’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise event at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium here. The feat followed his golden performance in all-around event on Sunday, December 1.
Over at the World Trade Center, Agatha Wong also pocketed her second gold by ruling the women’s wushu Taolu Taijijian event after also winning the gold in Taolu Taijiquan also on Sunday.
However, the country’s arnis team currently leads the medal standings for Team Philippines with 14 golds, four silvers and two bronzes so far.
Mary Allin Aldeguer (women’s arnis anyo non-traditional open weapon) and Delfin Crisamuel (men’s anyo non-traditional open weapon) added one gold each.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch” Ramirez congratulated the Filipino athletes “who fought valiantly to uphold national pride. You are all winners to us!”
In a statement, Chef De Mission Ramirez said Team Philippines performed “magnificently” over world-class opponents.
“We are riding on this positive wave and continue to hope that we can sustain this good performance,” he said, adding that his Deputy Chefs de Mission have been doing the rounds in their respective clusters to ensure that all requirements of the team are met and that they are given moral, logistical, medical and technical support.
The Dabawenyo PSC chief said, “We still have many days of battle ahead of us, but I remain steadfast in my belief in our national team. I know that they are intent on delivering pride and honor for the country.”
He, thus, enjoined every Filipino, wherever they are in the world, to rally behind the national team.
“Let us continue to support and pray for their continued success!” he added.