PH tankers, wrestlers gun for more gold in Myanmar
By: Emil Noguera
The Philippine wrestling and swimming teams are aiming to win more gold medals as the Southeast Asian Games goes full swing today in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
Freestyle wrestlers Alvin Lobre-guito (55 kg.), Johnny Morte (60 kg.) and Joseph Angana (66 kg.) will be shooting for gold medals in their respective events.
Greco-Roman bets Jason Balabal (84 kg.) and Margarito Angana, Jr. (55 kg.), earlier won a pair of silver medals.
The four-member swimming team led by Filipino-Americans Matt Navata and Joshua Hall also plunges into action today at the Wunna Theikdi Swimming Pool. Other members are London Olympics veterans Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Khing Lacuna.
In shooting, Jayson Valdez placed scored 610.4 points to place 11th in the men’s 50-meter rifle prone individual event while Benny Cagurin had 607.3 for 14th and Emerito Concepcion got 591.7 for 24th. They had a total output of 1,809.4 points to end up seventh in the team event.
In men’s basketball, the Filipino cagers gun for their third straight win when they face host Myanmar today at the Zayar Thiri Indoor Stadium A.
“We must be consistent with our game, especially our defense, and tomorrow should be another gauge on how far we’ve come as a team,” said national head coach Jong Uichico.
The team defeated Cambodia (107-55) and Singapore (88-75) in their first two games. After Myanmar, the Philippines battles Thailand on Friday, Indonesia on Saturday and Malaysia on Sunday.
“We must treat each of our oppo-nents with utmost respect while playing accordingly,” added Uichico.
So far, the Philippines has three gold, five silver and three bronze medals for sixth place. The gold medals were delivered by wushu bets Jessie Aligaga, Dembert Arcita and Daniel Parantac.
Host Myanmar remained on top with 18 golds, eight silvers and 10 bronzes followed by Vietnam (9-5-7), defending champion Thailand (6-9-4), Indonesia (5-9-10) and Malaysia (5-5-12).