Morrison continues reign as shot put king; Ubas wins two medals in athletics

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 15) – The Philippine athletics team clinched five medals on Sunday in the 31st Southeast Asian Games at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The highlight of the day was William Morrison III extending his reign as the region’s shot put king, after dominating the seven-man field with a throw of 18.14 meters.

It was Morrison’s second straight SEA Games gold in the event.

Thailand’s Jakkapat Noisri won the silver with 17.32 meters, while Malaysia’s Muhammad Ziyad Bin Zolkefli snagged the bronze with 17.20 meters. Morrison’s compatriot John Albert Mantua settled for fourth place with a throw of 16.96 meters.

In the men’s long jump, Janry Ubas grabbed the silver medal after leaping 7.73 meters, a tad short behind gold medalist and hometown bet Trong Nguyen Tien’s 7.80 meters.

Ubas duplicated his bronze medal finish in 2019 in the men’s decathlon, after finishing with 6,977 points, higher than his 6,769 points three years ago.

Aries Toledo was dethroned as the region’s decathlon king, as he settled for a silver medal with 7,469 points.

Thailand’s Suttisak Singkhon won the gold medal in men’s decathlon after garnering 7,603 points.

Meanwhile, Joida Gagnao received her second bronze medal of the tournament after ending up in third place in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase event with a time of 10 minutes and 41.690 seconds.

In 2019, Gagnao won the silver in the same event.

The host country swept the gold and silver medals, as champion Oanh Nguyen Thi tallied a season record of nine minutes and 52.440 seconds. Her compatriot Huong Nguyen Thi finished with 10 minutes and 18.600 seconds.

Gagnao also took home a bronze medal in the women’s 5000-meter race on Saturday.

Sonny Wagdos completed the five-medal romp for the Philippine athletics team after he took home a bronze medal in the men’s 5000-meter race by clocking in at 16 minutes and 35.89 seconds.

Alfrence Braza, a bronze medal winner in the men’s 1500-meter run, came close to Wagdos, as he finished fourth with a time of 16 minutes and 35.95 seconds.

While hometown bet Lai Nguyen Van won the gold medal, the event was highlighted by Timor Leste’s first medal in the Vietnam SEA Games, with Felisberto de Deus bagging the silver medal.

On Monday, the Philippine athletics team will vie for medals in the women’s 110-meter hurdles, women’s pole vault, women’s long jump, men’s 800-meter run, men’s 3000-meter steeplechase, and men’s and women’s 4x100-meter relay.