By way of Michael Angelo S. Murillo
Senior Reporter

IT used to be project completed for the Philippines within the 30th Southeast Asian Video games after it officially claimed the total championship on the finish of competitions on Wednesday.

When the smoke cleared after the two-week struggle in numerous sports activities disciplines, Workforce Philippines collared 149 gold, 117 silver and 121 bronze for a complete of 387 medals to win the total championship since 2005 and earn its 2d most sensible end within the historical past of the Video games.

The 149 gold medals had been 4 higher than the former SEA Video games medal tally scored through Malaysia in 2017 and simply eclipsed the Philippine file of 112 in 2005 when the rustic additionally hosted the biennial regional carrying meet.

Completing 2d used to be Vietnam with 98 gold, 85 silver and 104 medals, adopted through Thailand (92-103-123), Indonesia (72-84-111), Malaysia (55-58-72) and Singapore (53-46-68).

Rounding out the sector had been Myanmar (4-18-51), Cambodia (4-6-36), Brunei (2-5-6), Laos (1-5-28) and Timor Leste (0-1-5).

A number of the final to offer the Philippines golds had been males’s and ladies’s basketball, billiards and kickboxing.

Gilas Pilipinas reasserted the rustic’s dominance within the game, bagging the gold for the 13th instantly time and 18th out of 20 tries within the Video games.

The all-Philippine Basketball Affiliation squad defeated Thailand within the gold-medal sport, 115-81, on Tuesday on the Mall of Asia Enviornment.

June Mar Fajardo led Gilas with 17 issues and 13 rebounds with Christian Standhardinger including 16 and 11 forums.

Guard Chris Ross had 8 issues and 8 assists in a sport that noticed Gilas creating a ferocious run within the 3rd quarter to tug away, from which the Thais may no longer get better from.

After the fit, Gilas trainer Tim Cone stated they had been glad to win the gold however cautioned that the groups within the area have increased their sport, therefore, the will for Philippine basketball to proceed to conform and toughen.

“Southeast Asia is catching up and we need to convey our perfect gamers each and every time. We need to put within the wanted basketball program transferring ahead,” stated Mr. Cone on post-gold medal win.

Previous within the day, the ladies’s group additionally bagged the gold medal, its first-ever within the SEA Video games.

The Gilas girls defeated Thailand, 91-71, in making the golden step forward.

Jack Animam paced the ladies’s squad with 21 issues, adopted through Janine Pontenjos with 16, Kelly Hayes and Ani Castillo with 11 each and every, and Afril Bernardino 10.

“I’m glad for the women for what they’ve completed. Optimistically their efforts won’t cross ignored and assist the ladies’s sport develop additional,” stated nationwide group trainer Pat Aquino.

In billiards, the duo of Rubilen Amit and Chezka Centeno received within the girls’s 9-ball doubles on Tuesday on the Manila Resort Tent.

Misses Amit and Centeno ruled Indonesia’s Fathrah Masum and Nony Andilah, 7-0, within the finals to say every other gold medal for the rustic’s billiards group.

It used to be a golden double for each Misses Amit and Centeno, with the previous additionally successful the ladies’s 9-ball singles match and the latter bagging the ladies’s 10-ball singles identify.

Additionally victorious used to be kickboxer and combined martial arts skilled Gina Iniong, who crowned the ladies’s -55kg gentle kick department with a 3-Zero victory over Thailand’s Apichaya Minkhwan on Tuesday on the Cuneta Astrodome.

“Our efforts and sacrifices didn’t cross to waste. I’m so glad as a result of this used to be my first time to compete for the rustic in kickboxing,” stated Ms. Iniong.

It used to be the second one gold for the game of kickboxing, which made its Video games debut this yr.

The final match for the SEA Video games used to be males’s seaside handball on Wednesday the place the Philippines completed with a bronze medal.

In the meantime, Workforce Philippines is ready to fulfill President Rodrigo R. Duterte after its a success SEA Video games marketing campaign.

Set for Dec. 18 in Malacañang, athletes shall be venerated and given their incentives.

Republic Act 10699 supplies for money incentives for winners of the SEA Video games to obtain P300,000, P150,000 and P60,000, respectively, for gold, silver and bronze finishes.

The President is predicted to offer out further incentives of P250,000 for gold, P150,000 for silver and P100,000 for bronze medalists.

The Philippine Olympic Committee additionally dedicated further P300,000 for gold medals received.

“We had been all hoping and praying for this, however it’s nonetheless a candy wonder now that it’s in fact taking place. I’m so happy with our athletes. They all deserve our appreciate and love,” stated Philippine Sports activities Fee chairman and SEA Video games chef de project William Ramirez in a observation.

The 30th SEA Video games used to be officially to near later the day before today with a remaining rite on the Athletics Stadium in New Clark Town in Capas, Tarlac.

Philippine Southeast Asian Video games Organizing Committee chairman and Area Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano used to be to guide the rite to start out at 6 p.m. and notice particular awards passed out.

The rite would additionally see the Philippines turning over the website hosting tasks to Vietnam which is able to welcome athletes within the area in 2021.

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