Bowling, judo gold shine, PH drops to 5th at SEA Games

Judoka Rena Furukawa and bowlers Merwin Tan, Christian Dychangco, Ivan Malig and Patrick Nuqui finish off a tough day as Singapore and Indonesia overtake the Philippines in the medal standings

MANILA, Philippines – Judoka Rena Furukawa and the national bowling team proved to be the bright spots as the Philippines dropped to fifth in the Southeast Asian Games medal standings on Thursday, May 19.

Furukawa and bowlers Merwin Tan, Christian Dychangco, Ivan Malig and Patrick Nuqui won the country’s only two gold medals as Singapore and Indonesia overtook the Philippines in the medal standings.

Singapore was third with 44 golds, while Indonesia was fourth with 42, while the Philippines slipped to fifth with 40.

Despite the decline, the Philippines has established itself as a bowling power in the region by winning two of the six gold medals in the sport.

After ending the Philippines’ decade-long gold drought in SEA Games bowling by dominating the men’s singles event, Tan showed the way for Dychangco, Malig and Nuqui in the men’s foursome team.

The Filipino bowler finished the game with 5,275 overs and was runner-up to Malaysia with 5,162 overs.

Meanwhile, Furukawa won the Philippine judo gold medal after beating Myanmar’s Chu Mya Nuowei in the women’s -57kg category.

Judo also took home a pair of silver medals, courtesy of Keisei Nakano (men – 73kg) and John Viron Ferrer (men – 90kg).

Kurayoshi Megumi (Women -63kg) won four bronze medals in judo.

Apart from judo, other combat sports continue to be produced for the Philippines, such as wrestling, karate and taekwondo with a total of 9 medals.

Wrestlers Alvin Lobreguito (Men’s Freestyle 57kg), Jhonny Morte Gadugdug (Men’s Freestyle 65kg) and Ronil Tubog (Men’s Freestyle 74kg) all took silver while Jason Balabal (Men’s Freestyle 97kg) took bronze.

Karate fighters Remon Misu (women – 68kg), Ivan Christopher Agustin (men – 84kg) and Nicole Erika Dantes, Rebecca Cyril Torres and Sarah Pangilinan (women), and Taekwondo fighter Samuel Morrison (men – 84kg) 80kg) and Israel’s Cesar Cantos (men’s kyorugi -87kg) also rescued bronze.

Chess contributed two medals, with Darwin Lello and Paul Bersamina (men’s fast) taking silver and Janelle May Frayna and Marie Antoinette Antoinette) Santiago (Women’s Rapid) took bronze.

Fresh off of gold feats in the women’s recurve bow, archery adds silver and bronze thanks to Jennifer Chen and Paul Marton de la Cruz (mixed team) and Paul Marton de la Cruz, F. Lorraine Matan, Andre John Auraño (men’s team), respectively.

The Philippines’ other bronze medalists of the day came from swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi (women’s 100m butterfly), rhythmic gymnast Breanna Labadan (women’s individual all-around), rowers Hermie Macaranas and Ojay Fuentes (men’s canoe tandem 1000m) and weightlifter Rosegie Ramos (women’s 49 Kilogram). –

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