PH reaps more medals in karate, taekwondo, fencing, wrestling, golf, table tennis

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 18) – Six other sports contributed big to Team Philippines’ medal drive in the sixth day of the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.

The medal rush continues as the Philippines keeps a close hold of the third spot in the overall medal tally with 37 gold, 48 silver, and 64 bronze medals for a total of 149 medals.

Wrestling was the biggest contributor as they opened their Vietnam SEA Games campaign with eight medals on Tuesday, with four silvers and four bronze medals.

The silver medal-winning wrestlers were Jefferson Manatad (men’s Greco Roman 87kg), Minalyn Foy-os (women’s freestyle 57kg), Noemi Tener (women’s freestyle 76kg), and Jiah Pingot (women’s freestyle 50kg).

The four bronze medalists for the wrestling team were Jason Balabal (men’s Greco Roman 97kg), Margarito Angana, Jr. (men’s Greco Roman 60kg), Noel Norada (men’s Greco Roman 67kg), and Grace Loberanes (women’s freestyle 53kg).

Karate also contributed four bronze medals, from Jamie Lim (women's kumite -61kg), Jayson Macaalay (men's kumite -60kg), Joco Vasquez (men's individual kata), and Rebecca Torres (women's individual kata).

The fencing team closed their campaign in Vietnam with two more bronze medals.

The men’s foil team of Nathaniel Perez, Sammuel Tranquilan, Michael Nicanor, and Prince Felipe finished in third place. The same standing was recorded by the quartet of Jylyn Nicanor, Queen Denise Dalmacio, Nicole Cortey, and Kimberly Camahalan in the women’s sabre team event.

The Philippines finished third in the overall medal table in fencing with one gold, three silver, and four bronze medals.

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Taekwondo added three silver medals on Wednesday from Olympian Kirstie Alora (women’s kyorugi -73kg), Dave Cea (men’s kyorugi -74kg), and Baby Jessica Canabal (women’s kyorugi -53kg).

The Philippine taekwondo team now has a total of one gold, five silvers, and one bronze medal. 

Meanwhile, the golf and table tennis teams notched their first medal on Wednesday.

Rising golf wunderkind Rianne Malixi and Lois Kaye Go teamed up for the country’s bronze medal finish in the women’s team event.

The duo of John Russel Misal and veteran paddler Ruben Gonzales meanwhile captured the silver medal in the men’s table tennis doubles event after bowing to Singapore, 1-3, in the finals.

The 31st SEA Games will run until May 23.