Wall climber Ina Flores was the brightest spot for the Philippines in day 3 of 2011 Southeast Asian Games competition, winning the country’s lone gold medal on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Flores defeated Thailand’s Watchareewan Tomas, who won silver, and Singapore’s Chung Sue Ann (bronze) in the women’s boulder competition at the Jakabaring Sport City.
Flores’ win came was a ray of hope in an otherwise disappointing day for Team Philippines.
The day’s haul of one gold, seven silvers, and eight bronzes relegated the Philippines to a lowly sixth-place in the standings.
Athletics stalwarts Mervin Guarte (male 1500m), Christian Bagsit (male 400m), Rosie Villarito (female javelin throw), and Henry Dagmil (male long jump) all settled for silver medals, while long jumper Benigno Marayag leapt for a bronze.
Swimmers Jessie Khing Lacuna (male 200m freestyle) and Dorothy Grace Hong (female 200m backstroke) each contributed a silver to the Philippine cause.
The diving team of Jaime Asok and Rexel Ryan Fabrig succumbed to the Indonesian duo of Muhammad Nasrullah and Luthfi Niko Abdill in the male 10m platform sync event to end up with a silver, while Shila Mae Perez and Ceseil Dominios (female 3m springboard sync) salvaged a bronze.
Nino Surban won a bronze in the mountain bike event, the second medal for the “unified” cycling team in this year’s games.
Taekwondo jins couldn’t sustain momentum from the previous day as Karla Avala (female 57kg) and Samuel Morrison (male 68kg) both settled for bronze medal finishes.
Mae Soriano (female 55kg kumite), Jayson Macaalay (male 60kg kumite), and Ronnel Balingit (male 84kg kumite) added to the karate team’s bronze medal haul.
The hosts continued their medal rush, with a 40 golds, 29 silvers, and 21 bronzes at the end of the third day of competition. Thailand (21-16-24) came in second, Vietnam (17-19-19) third, Singapore (12-12-17) fourth, and Malaysia (9-10-16) fifth.
The Philippines has won a total of five golds, nine silvers, and 13 bronzes.
Meanwhile, in billiards, world No. 1 Dennis Orcullo entered the semifinals of the 8-ball billiards event after defeating Singapore’s Chan Keng Wang, 7-5. The Philippines’ other entry in the event, Warren Kiamco, however succumbed to Vietnams Nguyen Phuong Than, 7-3.
Veteran shooter Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla had another miserable outing, losing his title in the 25m rapid fire pistol event, failing to medal in his pet event.
In football, the Philippine Under-23 men’s national football team got its hopes snuffed out by Myanmar in Jakarta, Indonesia with a 5-0 beatdown.