PH paddlers, tankers, wrestlers and woodpushers gun for more gold in Myanmar


Matt_Navata_SEA_Games_2013The Philippine canoeing, swimming, wrestling and chess are gunning for more gold medals today, as the 27th Southeast Asian Games goes full swing today in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.

Young paddlers, Hermie Macaranas and Alex Generalo are the first to vie for additional gold medal, seeing action in the men’s C1 500m and men’s MK 1 500m, respectively. Macaranas will row his way to the gold at 9:30am, while Generalo guns for the gold at 9:50pm.

Swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Matt Louis Navata also have an early swim today to qualify for the evening finals.

Alkhaldi is set to plunge in the 100m Feestyle event for women where she is the current Philippine national record holder, while Matt Louis Navata sees action in the 400m Individual Medley. Morning heats of swimming starts at 9:00am, while evening finals starts at 6:00pm.

Philippine chess will be vying for the lone gold medal of chess today, the men’s Traditional Individual Rapid Chess. With the changes in the line-up, entries in the said event are yet to be confirmed. Most likely Joey Antonio and Mark Paragua are Philippines representatives to this event.

In the afternoon Freestyle wrestlers Alvin Lobre-guito (55 kg.), Johnny Morte (60 kg.) and Joseph Angana (66 kg.) will be shooting for gold medals in their respective events.

Other Filipino athletes seeing action today for their early rounds are Eugene Torre and Darwin Laylo for the round 1 and 2 of Men’s Asean Individual Standard Chess, and Sinag Pilipinas VS Myanmar at 4:00pm today.

Three women boxers who are already assured of bronze medal will gun for a berth in the finals, as Josie Gabuco takes Lao’s Sonrka Chanthavonrsa in 48kg category, Maricris Igam versus Sopida Satumrum of Thailand in 51kg category, and Irish Magno against Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam in the 54kg category.

All 10 boxers of the Philippines are already assured of the gold after boxers Mark Barriga and Junel Cantancio successfully hurdled their quarterfinal matches last Tuesday.

So far, only Nesthy Petecio has already secured her berth in the boxing finals, after beating Tassamalee Thongjan of Thailand last monday. She is slated to gun for the gold medal in the women’s 57kg category on Saturday against Myanmar’s Ni Oo News.

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