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PHL finishes SEA Games campaign with 24 gold medals

Gilas' successful men's basketball title defense was among the main highlights of the Philippines' SEA Games performance this year. PSC (file photo)
By JP Abcede

MANILA--The Philippine contigent for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games had a paltry showing in the medal standings, bringing home 24 gold, 33 silver, and 64 bronze medals for a total of 121.

This is the country's lowest gold medal haul this century, just four more than the 20-gold output back in 1999 in Brunei. It is also five less than what the country produced in 2013 and 2015.

The 121 total medals is 20 more than what Filipino athletes accumulated in Myanmar four years ago, the second lowest output in the 2000s. The silver and bronze counts are also less than what the country took in Singapore in 2015.

PHL finished sixth overall in total gold medals as well as total medals regardless of color.

Athletics brought home the most gold and the most overall with a 5-3-10 count. Sprinter Trenten Anthony Beram emerged with the most gold medals won among Filipino athletes with a loot of 2-0-1. Jemyca Aribado of squash had a booty of five medals (0-1-4), the most regardless of color among local competitors.

Host Malaysia had a 145-92-86 tally to come up with 323 medals all in all. This is the first time MAS came out as the overall winner in the biennial regional event.

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