Bautista, Ladon, Marcial bag last gold medals for Team Philippines

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 22) – Three boxers delivered the last gold medals for Team Philippines in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.

Ian Clark Bautista and Olympians Rogen Ladon and Eumir Marcial defeated their respective final opponents on Sunday at the Bac Ninh Gymnasium.

Bautista ended his seven-year gold medal drought after scoring a unanimous decision against Myanmar’s Naing Latt in the men’s 57kg/featherweight class finals.

The boxer from Negros Occidental first won a SEA Games gold medal in 2015 and settled for a bronze medal in the 2017 and 2019 editions.

Meanwhile, Ladon nailed a close 3-2 win over hometown bet Thao Tran Van to rule the men’s 57kg/flyweight division.

The fighter from Bago City extended his reign in the weight class, which he also ruled in the 2019 Manila SEA Games.

Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Marcial clobbered Timor Leste’s Delio Anzaqeci Mouzinho in the first round to notch a referee stoppage win for his fourth straight SEA Games gold medal in the men’s 75kg/middleweight category.

Marcial’s fellow Tokyo Olympian Irish Magno, the other Filipino boxer who earned a finals berth in the 31st SEA Games, settled for a silver medal after dropping a close 2-3 decision over hometown bet Thi Tam Nguyen.

The Philippine boxing team finished third in the overall medal table with three gold, one silver, and five bronze medals.

Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Nesthy Petecio, Josie Gabuco, James Palicte, Riza Pasuit, and Marjon Piañar are the bronze medalists for the Philippines after they lost in their respective semifinals matches.

The 31st SEA Games will officially close on Monday night.