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Aug 25, 2017
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The Philippine representatives have been showing out at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

We're currently sixth in the overall standings, although the idea of catching up to fifth-ranked Indonesia isn't too farfetched, thanks to unexpected golden contributions from other events.

That said, it's only fitting to give the tournament's biggest winners the attention that they very much deserve:


ATHLETICS

Trenten Anthony Beram (Men's - Track-200m, Track-400m)

Beram had to compete in back-to-backs on his way to becoming the Philippines' lone double-gold medalist. "I'm really feeling quite heavy before the race. I knew I have to give my 100,000 percent to win. I just thank God for giving me the strength," he was quoted by SPIN.ph.

Eric Cray (Men's - Track-400m Hurdle)

Hailing from Olongapo, the Fil-Am dual citizen opted to wear PH colors at his mother's request. Despite coming up short in the sprint event, Cray didn't let it affect his quest for a third straight hurdle title, blowing past Quach Cong Lich of Vietnam by a hair.

Aries Toledo (Men's - Decathlon)

It was a rewarding maiden campaign for the SCUAA stalwart, after surpassing Asian Champion Suttisak Singkhon. Toledo, from Nueva Ecija, is the third Filipino to earn such achievement.

Mary Joy Reyes Tabal (Women's - Track-Marathon)

The woman who gave the country its first gold at the biennial meet. Last year's Olympian (Rio) reached the finish line seven minutes ahead of the Vietnamese second placer—clocking in two hours, 48 minutes, 26 seconds.

BOXING

Eumir Felix Marcial (Men's - 75KG)

This wasn't the first taste of SEA Games gold for Marcial, who won in Singapore two years ago. Triumph came for the 21-year-old Zamboangueño—2013 Best Asia Youth Boxer—via unanimous decision against Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand.

Marvin John Nobel Tupas (Men's - 81KG)

All it took was 21 seconds for the referee to stop the fight between the Filipino-British slugger and the host country's Adli Hafildz B. Mohd Pauzi. Marvin is said to be a recruit from the British army.

FENCING

Brennan Wayne Louie (Men's - Foil Individual)

Based in Los Angeles, Louie is ranked 146th by the International Fencing Federation. The right-handed fencer claimed victory at the expense of fellow countryman, Nathaniel Perez.

GYMNASTICS

Reyland Yuson Capellan (Men's - Floor)

The 33-year-old artistic gymnast successfully defended his title against Zul Bahrin Bin Mat Asri (Malaysia) and Tikumporn Surintornta (Thailand). In 2015, Capellan broke the country's 10-year goldless streak.

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Kaitlin Cera Lianne de Guzman (Women's - Uneven Bar)

The win proved to be extra special as De Guzman, who is also doing well in US competitions, was able to duplicate her mother Cintamoni's feat (same event) at the 1995 SEA Games.

ICE HOCKEY

Men's national team: Lenard Rigel Lancero II, Carl Michael Montano, Patrick Russell Syquiatco, Carlo Martin Sison Tenedero, Jose Inigo Anton Cadiz, Javier Alfonso Cadiz, Daniel Pastrana, John Steven Fuglister, Francois Emmanuel Gautier, Paolo Spafford, Gianpietro Iseppi, Julius Frederick Santiago, Joshua Carino, Paul Gabriel Sanchez, Miguel Serrano, Jan Aro Regencia, Georgino Orda, Hector Pierre Emmanuel Navasero, Jorell Crisostomo, Benjamin Jorge Imperial

The Filipinos, whose average age is 25, reigned supreme by sweeping all of its assignments (Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, then Thailand) in the sport's tournament debut. 

LAWN BOWLS

Curte Robert Guardin, Emmanuel Portacio, Leoncio Carreno, Jr., Ronald Lising (Men's - Fours)

The Philippines contingent beat the top-ranked home squad in a game that hasn't been a part of the SEA Games since 2007. According to Bowls Singapore, the objective of lawn bowling is "to roll a bowl, closest to the target ball, a smaller white ball called a jack."

TRIATHLON

Nikko Huelgas (Men's - Individual)

Huelgas wasn't about to relinquish his spot as the region's No. 1 male triathlete, finishing almost five minutes faster than the Pinoy runner-up, John Chicano. A couple of years ago, he also dominated the Portugal National Duathlon Championships. 

Marion Kim Mangrobang (Women's - Individual)

The tables have turned for her and 2015 winner Claire Adorna, which was still a good thing. Having represented the country since 2005, Mangrobang finally gets her due this time around.

WUSHU

Agatha Chrystenzen Wong (Women's - Compulsory 3rd Taijiquan)

The 19-year-old consular and diplomatic affairs student outperformed Brunei's Basma Lachkar and Singapore's Ho Lin Ying for her first gold medal at the SEA Games. We expected no less from an Asian junior champion. 

 

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