ATFS Statitiscian Andrew Pirie, pinoyathletics.info Editor
After five days of competition the Philippines is still yet to win its first gold medal of the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. While a rookie Fencer saved the day. Team Sports which take up 40% of the total delegation in the SEA Games continue to post some rather questionable results.
Tinio Captures first medal for the Philippines at 2015 SEA Games
‘The Philippines’ took a silver medal in the Fencing; which has not been played at the SEA Games since 2011. Back then the Philippines won 1 gold and 3 bronzes. 2014 PNG Champion 19 year old Justine Gail TINIO took the silver medal behind Wang Wenying of Singapore 15-7 in the Womens Individual Foil; he Philippines had no medal in this event 4 years ago. In the Semi-Finals Tinio defeated 2011 SEA Games Champion in this event, Nguyen Thi Tuoi 15-6.
Eric Brando II a SEA Games bronze medalist in 2011 in the Team Sabre made it to the Quarter Finals, he lost to 2011 SEA Games bronze medalist in this event Yu Peng Kean of Malaysia 15-11.
Gian Franco Rodriguez and Jose Noelito Jr. both made it to the round of 16 in the individual epee but failed to progress.
Netball Crashes out
After its fourth straight loss at the SEA Games to Singapore 84-12. The Netball team crashed out of the SEA Games tournament with no chance now of making the semi-finals. The team will pack their bags and head home with no reimbursement at all after having self-funded for the SEA Games and not being able to win a medal. They have one more game against Brunei tomorrow which result will have little bearing on the competition.
Philippines pummeled in Football
The Philippines were crushed 3-1 by unheralded Cambodia in their second match for the SEA Games. The more aggressive Khmers took advantage of the Filipino’s who were leaving them unmarked for large periods of the game. The only goal for the Philippines came from striker Paolo Salenga from Global FC at 53 minutes. Cambodia’s goals came from Mony Udom Prak, Sokpheng KEO and Vathanaka CHAN at 30′ 41′ and 81′ minutes into the game. The Philippines cannot lose another one of his three games if it wants to remain in the competition.
The Philippines Floorball team made a last minute withdrawl from the SEA Games last week. Leaving just three teams in the competition.
Rich Gonzales won his men’s singles match against Tran Tuan Quynh of Vietnam 3-0. While Ryan Jacolo lost to 2013 SEA Silver medalist Le Tien Diet of Vietnam 3-0 in his match. Lan Lariba and Sendrina Balatlat both lost in there women’s single’s match.
The Philippines again finished dead last in Syncronized swimming with 8th of 8 in the duel technical and free routine. The tandem of Allyssa Salvador and Jemimah Tiambeng could only manage a score of 54.2667.