8-gold Thursday haul keeps PH way ahead in SEA Games medal tally

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Although the Philippines only got a few gold medals on Thursday, those were still enough for the host team to stay comfortably on top of the Southeast Asian Games medal tally.

As of 7:23 p.m., the Philippine team, which won seven golds all day long, now has a total of 64 golds, 45 silvers, and 34 bronzes, way better than second place Vietnam's current haul, which stands at 31-35-41.

Jermyn Prado was the first to score the gold for the Philippines, winning the women's cycling individual time trial event.

She crossed the finish line in 44 minutes and 44.742 seconds, nearly 3.8 seconds faster than silver medalist Luo Yiwei of Singapore and a whopping 13.4 seconds better than bronze medalist Semrat Phetdarin of Thailand.

Then came the 1-2 finish of Margielyn Didal and Christiana Means in the skateboarding Game of SKATE event.

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Daniel Ledermann followed suit by ruling the men's division.

Fencer Jylyn Nicanor scored the Philippines' fourth gold after beating Diah Permatasari of Indonesia, 15-14, in the women's individual sabre final.

A little later, Shugen Pablo Nakano delivered the ippon to Indonesia's Budi Pratiseyo to win the gold in the men's under-66-kilogram judo competition.

Also, Kiyomi Watanabe swept the three-woman women's under-63-kilogram judo division to capture the gold.

Capping the gold medal haul for the Philippines are wins from Mark Striegl and Chino Sy in sambo.

Striegl, who is currently the Universal Reality Combat Championship featherweight champion, defeated Ashvin Jaswant Singh of Singapore, 8-0, in the final of the under-74-kilogram combat division.

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Sy, on the other hand, took down Singapore's Gary Chow, 4-1, in the gold medal match of the under-82-kilogram division.

Also, Edmar Tacuel's gold medal win in the men's pencak silat seni tunggal event on Monday was officially added to the Philippines' tally.

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