PH exceeds 2005 gold medal haul after Sibol wins ML gold

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—The Philippines has just posted a new Southeast Asian Games record in number of gold medals won after clinching its 113rd gold late Sunday night.

Sibol, the national esports team, claimed the gold in the Mobile Legends Bang Bang event, beating Indonesia, 3-2, in the championship series at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

The quintet of Kenneth Villa, Jeniel Bata-Anon, Allan Castromayor, Carlito Ribo, and Kyle Arcangel rallied from 1-2 down to beat the team of Eko Julianto, Teguh Firdaus, Adriand Wong, Gustian Gustian, and Yurino Putra to steal the gold.

Sibol was on pace for a cruise control after taking Game 1, but Indonesia won the next two games to push the visitor to the brink of the gold. Sibol eventually pulled off the comeback to win it all.

The Philippines got a total of 112 golds during the 2005 SEA Games, the most the country had in the biennial meet en route to the overall title, but with the ML gold, the country just eclipsed it.

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