KUALA LUMPUR—Arthus Bucay, a Paralympics veteran and an Asian Games
medal winner, handed Team Philippines its first medal by racing to a silver in the
men’s kilometer C5 track event of cycling in yesterday’s opening of the ninth
ASEAN Para Games at the Velodrome Nasional Malaysia in Nilai Negeri
Sembilan here.
The 37-year- old Bucay, who raced in the 2012 London Paralympics and 2014
Incheon Asian Para Games where he pocketed a bronze, timed in an hour, 15

minutes and 4.32 seconds to snare the silver in the event that he wasn’t
expected to deliver.
“Ilang beses lang kaming naka-train sa event na ito dahil dinagdag lang ito nung
huli. Buti na lang naka medalya pa,” said Phl cycling coach Nortberto Oconer,
himself a former cycling Olympian.
Malaysian Zuhaire Bin Amad Tarimzi booked the gold in 1:09.690 while
Indonesian Sufyan Saori claimed the bronze in 1:19.170.
Bucay, who had an accident in a cycling race in 2013 that led to an operation that
left him with an unproportioned pair of legs, go for the gold in the 4000m
individual pursuit at 4:30 p.m. today that he hopes to add to his silver.
In table tennis at the Hall 8 of the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition
Centre (MITEC), Billy Smith Cartera and Darwin Salvacion routed Cambodia’s
Voy Yasal and Ch Parnsamoth, 3-0, in the men’s event TT4 of table tennis that
practically assured them of at least a bronze.
After seizing the first two singles matches, Cartera and Salvacion then sealed the
match win with a quick, merciless 11-8, 11-1, 11-6 win over Yasal and
Parnsamoth in the doubles.
“This win assures us of a bronze because there are only four entries in this
division,” said table tennis mentor Louise Mark Eballa.
The triumph was a soothing balm to their teammates’ broken hearts following
setbacks by Rogelio Cezar and Jobert Lumanta and Pablo Catalan and
Benedictp Gaela to their respective Indonesian opponents in the TT8 and TT9
class, respectively.
The Phl also had a solid start in goalball after fending off a late fightback by
Cambodia to eke out a 12-11 win.
But the Filipinos nearly blew the win after coach Freddie Estacion substituted
starters Jolan Camacho, Jomer Anden and Lemuel Garcia in favor of James dela

Cerna, Jefferson Balenton and Jeff Fernando that opened the doors for the
Cambodian to score three straight booming goals to close the gap by just a
hairline with nine seconds to go.
Good thing the Phl had enough left in the gas tank to preserve the win.
“I was just letting the other players to experience playing. It will not happen
again,” said Estacion, whose charges face off with Laos today.
Action in all fronts heat up today including centerpiece athletics and medal-rich
swimming.
Rio Paralympics bronze medallist Josephine Medina will also start her table
tennis event with hopes extending her golden reign in the sport he dominated
since the 2003 staging.
At the pool, Filipino swimmers seek to create a big ripple as they compete in 10
events including 2015 Singapore edition double gold medallists Gary Bejino and
Ernie Gawilan.
Bejino competes in the 100m freestyle S7 while teaming up with Gawilan, Roland
Sabido and Arnel Aba in the 4x100m free.
Others seeing action at the pool are Sabido (100m free S9), Claire Calizo (100m
women S14), Judy Ann Neblasca (50m breaststroke and 100m free S14), Adrian
Azul (200m free S14), Aba (50m breast SB8), Edwin Villanueva (50m breast
SB8) and Patrick Crisostomo (50m breast S14).
Romeo Tamayaw (49kg), Marydol Pamatian (41kg) and Achelle Guion (41kg)
also launch their bid in powerlifting while Joey de Leon, David Gonzaga and
Anna Amizola tackle separate foes in boccia, both set at MITEC.
In wheelchair basketball, the Phl collides with Laos in the five on five and
Myanmar in the three-on- three.

The biennial event was officially ushered in last night with 3,300 athletes,
coaches and officials from 11 participating nations marching in a display of colors
at the main hub—the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.