The all male 4-member team of Philippine national rowing had an impressive run at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Ngalike Dam, Naypyitaw, Myanmar after winning 3 medals – 1 gold and 2 silver – in four events that they were entered.
Rower Nestor Cordova opened their campaign strongly finishing first in the Men’s M1x rowing event, beating Myanmar’s Aung Ko Min by a meager 30 milliseconds.
Cordova’s gold medal winning time is 7:49.38 to Ko Min’s 7:49.68 silver medal time. Indonesia’s Memo Memo won the bronze by clocking 8:03.61.
The duo of Benjamine Tolentino and Edgar Ilas then saw action in the men’s LM2x rowing event, where they nearly duplicated Cordova’s gold medal finish but was not able to sustain their lead in the last 500 meters of the race, thus losing the game to the Indonesian pair of Muhad Yakin & Ihram Ihram who registered a golden time of 7:07.42.
Tolentino and Ilas won the silver with a time of 7:08.86, while the Thai pair of Porntawqat Inlee & Sajja Heamhearn took the bronze with a time of 7:31.33.
All four of them then teamed up for the men’s LM4 event, but this time not being able to register a podium finish.
Tired and worn out after seeing action prior to the LM4 event, the quartet of Ilas, Amposta, Abala and Tolentino placed fourth with with a time of 7:01.68.
Team Indonesia won the gold (6:49.98), team Vietnam took the silver (6:51.51), and the Thai team clinched the bronze (6:52.19)
The following day, Roque Abala Jr. and Alvin Ampota teamed up for the Men’s LM2 event where they finished second to the Indonesia’s pair of Arief and Thomas Hallatu.
The Indonesians clocked a golden finish of 7:07.92, to Abala and Ampota’s silver medal time of 7:09.53.
Thanh Binh Duong and Dinh Huy Nguyen of Vietnam won the bronze medal with a time of 7:10.09.