Kristina Knott's record breaking feat highlights PH's huge Saturday gold haul in SEA Games

Kristina Knott's record breaking feat highlights PH's huge Saturday gold haul in SEA Games

By Ivan Saldajeno

LOS BAÑOS—The last weekend of the Southeast Asian Games is looking to be a good one for the Philippine team as it captured a lot of gold medals on Saturday.

As of 8:47 p.m., the host country now has 89 golds, effectively meaning that it got a total of 18 golds during the day, 67 silvers, and 65 bronzes.

The Philippines scored two golds from rowing at the Triboa Bay in Subic, particularly from Cris Nievarez in the men's lightweight single sculls and the pair of Joanie Delgado and Melcah Caballero in the women's lightweight double sculls.

Daniela Dela Pisa then followed suit, winning the hoop competition in the rhythmic gymnastics event at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila.

Dela Pisa beat Malaysia's Izzah Amzan, who would later share the gold with teammate Koi Sie Yan in the ribbon event, for all the marbles. Dela Pisa would add two bronzes in the ball and clubs events.

Back in Subic, Hermie Macaranas ruled the men's 200-meter singles canoe race for the Philippines' fourth gold of the day.

Back at the Rizal Memorial, Rodolfo Reyes and Jocel Ninobla swept the golds in the individual recognized poomsae events.

Reyes later joined forces with Dustin and Raphael Mella for the gold in the men's team recognized poomsae.

Ninobla would add a silver in the women's team recognized poomsae, conniving with Rinna Babanto and Aidaine Laxa.

Still in the said venue, Niño Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon defeated Ruben Gonzales and Treat Huey in the all-Filipino tennis men's double finals. The four tennisters sealed the 1-2 finish on Friday after prevailing in their semifinal matches.

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In Tagaytay, Margielyn Didal and Christiana Means went 1-2 again, this time in the women's skateboarding street competition, with Didal claiming another gold and Means taking a silver again.

At the World Trade Center in Pasay, the quartet of Hanniel Abella, Mickyle Bustos, Anna Estimada, and Harlene Raguin won the fencing team epee event, beating Singapore in the finals, while back in Manila, Jeordan Dominguez prevailed in the men's individual freestyle poomsae competition.

At the Manila Hotel Tent, Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit formalized their 1-2 finish in the women's singles 10-ball billiards tournament with Centeno taking the gold and Amit settling for the silver.

At the New Clark City Athletic Stadium in Capas, EJ Obiena and Kristina Knott broke the SEA Games records in men's pole vault and women's 200-meter run respectively en route to their golds.

Back in Subic, Lester Tayong and Emerson Villena won the gold in the men's international 470 event, while Noelle Manalac won the women's singles soft tennis gold back in Manila.

Indonesia is still in second with 50-49-58, while Vietnam remains in third with 45-50-64.

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