After a miserable showing on Wednesday, Philippine athletes bounced back in the seventh day of competition in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games by winning four gold medals.
Iris Ranola led the charge by winning her second gold medal by defeating compatriot Rubilen Amit in the finals of the women’s 9-Ball competition. Ranola became the first Filipino athlete to win a double gold medal after ruling the 8-Ball event earlier this week. Amit, for her part, took home the silver medal.
The bridge team continued its surprise run in the competition as well, as two Filipino mixed buttler teams dominated the competition. The duo of Fransisco Alquiros and Gemma Molina finished on top of the heap followed by the team of George Soo and Mylene Encontro to finish with a gold and a silver, respectively.
The trio of Earl Yap, Dean Adriano and Tonton Sombrio shot their way to a gold medal in the men’s team compound event in archery. The archers defeated Malaysia in the finals after surviving a shoot off against Singapore in the semifinals.
Judoka Nancy Quillotes, meanwhile, had an auspicious debut in the games, winning the gold in the women’s 45kg division. Quillotes ran through Dang Le Bich Van of Vietnam in the quarterfinals, Selwee of Myanmar in the semifinals, before dispatching Terry Kusumawardan to win the event.
Pinoy athletes also took home five silvers and six bronzes in the day seven of the games.
Mark Galedo won the second silver for cycling, finishing second in the 180km amassed start event. Galedo finished with a time of 04:41:04, behind Indonesia’s Hari Fitrianto (04:39:58)
Jul-Omar Abdulhakim from the pencak silat team, winning the silver in the 55kg category of his event. Abdulhakim lost in the finals to Vietnam’s Vo Duy Phong to settle for second place.
The rowing team of Benjie Tolentino and Jose Rodriguez, meanwhile, lost their crown in the double sculls rowing event. The Pinoy duo clocked in at 06:44.480, some four seconds behind Thailand (06:40.180).
Wrestlers Jason Balabal (96kg) and Jimmy Angana (74kg) settled for bronzes in their respective freestyle events. Despite the podium finish of the athletes, wrestling team manager Karlo Sevilla was apologetic for their performance.
Ryan Arabejo, meanwhile, salvaged a bronze in the 1500-meter swimming race, finishing at 00:16:01:26 behind Singapore’s Teo Zen Rhen (00:15:44:32) and Malaysia’s Kevin Yeap Soon Ch (00:15:53:79). The Philippine swimming team went home without a gold medal for the first time in recent history.
Biboy Rivera, Frederick Ong, and Raoul Miranda finished third in the trio bowling event. The Pinoys knocked down 3628 pins, behind two Malaysian teams which scored 3874 and 3704, respectively.
The female epee team also won a bronze medal in the fencing competition. Madel Galvez, Harlene Orendain, and Michelle Brozula lost narrowly to Vietnam, 26-25, to settle for the bronze.
In golf, Dottie Ardina salvaged a bronze as well, after carding in a 222 in women’s individual competition. Tatiana Wijaya of Indonesia beat out Pinrath Loomboonruan of Thailand for the gold.
The day’s haul pushed the Filipinos’ total to 19 golds, 34 silvers, and 40 bronzes to remain in lowly sixth place. Host Indonesia continued to show the way with 101 golds, 77 silvers, 72 bronzes, followed by Vietnam (66-63- 64), Thailand (63-55-67), Malaysia (35-33-50), and Singapore (32-35-54).