PH finishes 6th in Asean Para Games
By: Emil Noguera (Manila Times)
The Philippines bagged a total of 20 gold medals, good for sixth place overall in the 7th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Para Games held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
The Filipino differently-abled athletes managed to scoop 11 more gold medals on the last two days of the competitions.
Athletics delivered five additional golds highlighted by Jeannette Acebeda’s two-gold output. She topped the women’s discus throw F11 by submitting 21.05 meters then ruled the shot put with a 7.01-meter showing.
Also winning gold medals are Isidro Vildosola in the men’s 5,000m T46 (17:25.81), Marites Burce in the women’s shot put F54 (4.62m) and Sixto Ducay in the men’s 800m run F37 (2:22.73).
The chess team earned four mints courtesy of Henry Roger Lopez in the men’s individual rapid (PH), Menandro Redor in the men’s individual rapid (B2), the men’s team rapid (PH) of Sander Severino, Henry Roger Lopez and Alexis Elinon; and the men’s team rapid (B2) of Redor, Melchor Pizzaro Jr. and Israel Peligro.
Swimmers Ernie Gawilan (men’s 200m individual medley S8, 2:56.52) and Arnel Aba (men’s 200m IM S9, 2:50.12) also contributed one gold each in their respective events.
Indonesia grabbed the top spot with 99-69-49 followed by Thailand (96-82-70), Malaysia (50-49-41), Vietnam (48-65-72) and host Myanmar (34-26-36). Singapore is in seventh (7-10-10), Cambodia in eighth (3-4-2), Brunei Darussalam in ninth (2-3-7) and Laos in 10th (0-3-3).
Besides the 20 golds, the Philippines got 19 silvers and 21 bronzes, a little bit far from its 23-gold, 23-silver, 18-bronze in the 2011 edition where the Filipinos ended up fifth overall.