Judo gives PH new service as Hidilyn Diaz, Sibol defend SEA Games gold

Judoka Shugen Nakano, powerlifter Hidilyn Diaz and Sibol Mobile Legends team bring Philippines’ gold medal total to 43 in final three days of SEA Games

MANILA, Philippines — Judo brought a new victory to the Philippines on Friday, May 20, as the country clinched three gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games, with Hidilyn Diaz and Sibol also clinching titles.

PHILIPPINES – Japanese Sugen Nakano has won the Philippines’ second judo gold medal in Vietnam after extending his reign as king of the men’s -66kg category.

Copying the feat of teammate Rina Furukawa, who dominated the women’s -57kg event the previous day, Nakano beat Vietnam’s Huang Fuchang to take the Philippines’ gold total to 43.

Another judoka contributed to the Philippines’ victory, Khrizzie Pabulayan lost to Vietnam’s Thi Thanh Thuy Nguyen in the final to take silver in the women’s -52kg category.

In powerlifting, Olympic champion Shidiline Diaz has defended her throne in the women’s 55kg category, bringing much-needed morale to the country.

Wearing pink and smiling throughout the competition, Diaz lifted the spirits of the Filipinos in Vietnam when she defeated Thailand’s Olympic gold medalist Sanikun Tanasan with a total lift of 206kg.

Earlier, Sibol defeated Indonesia in the Mobile Legends final to retain the crown, taking the Philippines’ first gold of the day.

The Sibol Mobile Legends team consists of Johnmar Villaluna, Danerie James del Rosario, Salic Imam, Lee Howard Gonzales, Kyle Dominic Soto and Aaron Usi.

The Philippines’ billiards gold count will increase as the Filipinos face off in the men’s and women’s 10-ball singles final on Saturday.

Carlo Biado and Johann Chua compete for the men’s 10-ball gold medal in the second final in Vietnam, while Rubilen Amit and Chezka Centeno compete for the women’s 10-ball title in the final rematch of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Despite winning three other gold medals, the Philippines remains fifth in the medal standings heading into the final three days of the regional exhibition.

Vietnam took the overall title with 161 gold medals, followed by Thailand with 65 gold medals, while Singapore and Indonesia competed for third place with 47 gold medals.

In a martial art not common to Filipinos, Carlo Von Buminaang took the silver in vovinam after finishing runner-up in the men’s 65kg category.

With Ireland Magno and Ian Clark Bautista advancing to the finals in their respective weight classes, the Philippines has won at least four boxing silver medals, advancing alongside teammates Emile Marcial and Logan Laden.

On the other hand, Olympic boxing silver medallist Nancy Petesio took bronze after a shocking semifinal exit with Marjon Pianar.

Tennis produced a pair of bronze medals, courtesy of teenage star Alex Eala, a first in the women’s singles, and a mixed doubles with veteran Treat Huey the second place.

Huey, however, teamed up with Ruben Gonzalez, Jason Patronbong and Francis Alcantara for gold in the men’s doubles title all-Philippines matchup.

Beach volleyball took home two bronze medals, with women’s Bernadeth Pons, Sisi Rondina, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Dij Rodriguez and men’s Jude Garcia, Jaron Requinton, Krung Arbasto and Ranran Abadilla taking podium positions.

Chesser Janelle Frayna (women’s individual blitz) and karate fighters Jamie Lim, Junna Tsukii, Remon Misu and Mae Soriano (women’s team) also took bronze. – Rappler.com

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