Friday the 13th proved to be unlucky for team Philippines as not a single gold or even a silver was won today at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.
Saving the day for the Filipino athletes are swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Joshua Hall, as well as wrestler Jason Balabal who all settled for a bronze medal in their respective matches.
Alkhaldi, in her re-swim in the women’s 100m freestle event placed 3rd with an improved time of 56.63. She clocked 56.65 during her gold medal win yesterday which was nullified. Winning the gold in the re-swim was defending champion Nanthanan Junkrajang of Thailand with a time of 56.23, while Ting Wen Quah of Singapore still placing second with a silver medal time of 56.54.
In the men’s 100m breaststroke event, Fil-foreign swimmers Joshua Hall debuted in SEA Games with a bronze medal. He registered a time of 1:03.32 to Thailand’s Radomyos Matjiur gold medal time of 1:03.06. Indonesia’s Indra Gunawan took the silver with a time of 1:03.18.
Wrestler Jason Balaban was the first athlete to have won a medal today. In his round robin matches in the men’s freestyle 84kg category, he registered 2 wins and 2 losses en route to winning the bronze medal.
Balabal wrapped up the wrestlers’s SEA Games campaign today with only 2 silver and 4 bronzes, a far cry to the expected 4 gold medals prediction f the Wrestlers Association of the Philippines.
Unable to deliver a medal performance today are paddlers Hermie Macaranas and Alex Generalo; mountain bikers Alvin Benosa, Eusebio Quinones, Nino Surban, and March Mc Quinn Aleonar; Karatedo OJ Orencio; weightlifter Jeffrey Garcia; and swimmers Jessie Khing Lacuna and Matt Navata.
Macaranas finished 5th in the men’s C1 200m canoeing event with a time of 44.730 seconds, while Generalo failed to make the cut of the men’s MK 1 200m canoeing finals. He clocked 40.406 and only ranked third in the 2nd semifinal race.
Mountain bikers Nino Surban, Alvin Benosa, Eusebio Quinones and March Mc Quinn Aleonor placed 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th, respectively, in the men’s Mountain Bike Cross Country event; while OJ Orencio of Karatedo bowed down to Myanmar’s Min Hein Khant (1-4) in the Men’s Individual Kata semifinal round; and then lost to Faizal Zainuddin of Indonesia for the repechage bronze medal match.
Weightlifter Jeffrey Garcia placed 4th in the men’s 62kg with a total of 280 (Snatch : 120 | Clean & Jerk : 160).
Matt Navatta and Jessie Khing Lacuna placed 4th and 5th in their respective events today, with Navatta almost winning the bronze in the 200m individual medley event with a time of 2:05.44.
Olympian Jessie Alkhaldi placed 5th in the 100m freestyle event with a time of 51.52. This is his first time to enter in this event in SEA Games.