Boxing and Karatedo end Philippines’ gold medal drought in SEA Games

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Ramon_Antonio_Franco_SEA_Games_2013After two consecutive days without winning a single gold medal, Philippine boxing and karatedo teams end the gold medal drought in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, winning four gold medals today.

Boxer Jovie Gabuco started the medal haul by ruling the women’s light flyweight division in a majority decision win over Indonesia’s Beatrix Suguro.

Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga then delivered the second gold by overpowering Konelis Kwangu Langu of Indonesia in the 49kg class, followed by Mario Fernandez who shut-out Thailand’s Donchai Tathi also in a unanimous decision, in the bantamweight division.

Karaeka Ramon Antonio Franco sneaked in another gold medal in the men’s individual kumite -55 kg, to add up the gold medal haul to four.

Franco beat Brunei’s Muhammad Fadaiy Sanif, 8-6, in the finals to win Karatedo’s first gold in this year’s SEA Games.

Coming close to a golden finish today are boxers Junel Cantanioc (60kg), Dennis Galvan (64kg), Wilfredo Lopez (75kg) and Nesthy Petecion (57kg) who all lost their final bouts and settled for silver.

Mae Soriano, one of the gold medal prospects of the Karatedo team, also settled for silver after loosing in a very close fight for the gold in the women’s individual kumite 55kg.

Another gold medal hopeful and defending champion, Rubilen Amit also lost the women’s 9-ball gold to Indonesia’s Magdalena Ticoalu in a lopsided finals, 7-2; while compatriot Efren Bata Reyes and Francisco delos Reyes both lost their semifinal battles in the men’s 1 Cushion Carom Single and settled for bronze.

Adding more medals for Philippines are Jasmine Alkhaldi (100m Butterfly), Joanna Mae Ylanan (Individual Kumite 68kg), and Rogelio Antonio Jr. (international individual blitz), who contributed a bronze medal each.

Woodpushers Mark Paragua, Janelle Mae Frayna and Catherine Perena failed to medal today in the international individual blitz chess event, so as the lone biker seeing action today, Joey Barba who placed 5th in the Men’s Mountain Bike Down Hill 1.5km finals with a time of 2:29.505.

Sinag Pilipinas beat Indonesia, 83-52, and is set to face Malaysia today to formalize their gold medal win.

Archers were off to a good start at the men’s compound individual qualification in he afternoon where Earl Benjamine Yap placed 2nd, Delfin Anthony Adriano in 5th, Ian Patrick Chipeco in 11th, and Jose Ferdinand Adriano in 20th position.

Team Philippines ended today’s action with 3 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze medals.

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