Team Philippines still chasing first 17th Asian Games medal


It was a day of heartbreak for the stalwarts of Team Philippines on Sunday in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.

The country remained without a medal as athlete after athlete fell to the wayside in the second day of competition.

In judo, the country’s bets were eliminated, with Gilbert Ramirez and Kiyomi Watanabe failing to reach the medal stages.

Ramirez yielded a 110-0 result to in the round-of-16 of the men’s 73-kg.

Watanabe advanced past Gulnar Gulnar Hayytbayeva of Turkmenistan in the round-of-16 of the women’s 73-kg, but fell to Kana Abe of Japan, 2-0, in the quarterfinals.

Her medal hopes ended after falling to Marian Urdabayeva of Kazakhstan in the repechage.

In rowing, the duo of Alvin Amposta and Roque Abala finished fifth in men’s double sculls. The pair, however, still has a chance to get back into the medal picture when it competes in the repechage.

In trap shooting, Hangen Alexander Topacio and Eric Ang placed 28th and 37th overall in the qualification round.

Olympic swimmer Jessie Khing Lacuna onthe other hand topped his heat in the men’s 200-m freestyle with a time of 1:53.20, but his time was good enough for the 15th place of 25 swimmers, unable to qualify for the final race.

In artistic gymnastics, Reyland Capellan failed to advance to the Men’s Floor Exercise and Vault finals after placing 18th in both events with scores of 14.400 and 13.975

In Wushu, Philippines Clemente Tabugara Jr. lost to Iran’s Mohsen Mohammadseifi at the Round of 16 of Men’s Sanda -65kg

In men’s tennis, second-seeded and defending champion Chinese Taipei took a 2-0 lead over the Philippines, which a day earlier clobbered Mongolia, 3-0.

Conrad Treat Huey bowed to Yeou Tzu Wang, 4-6, 3-6, 0-6, while Patrick John Tierro lost to Hsun Lu, 0-6, 0-6.

In the women’s team event, host Korea also led, 2-0, making the third match, the doubles, a foregone conclusion.

Denise Dy yielded to Korea’s Nalae Han, 0-6, 3-6, while Katharina Lehnert ceded a 3-6, 5-7 loss to Sunjeong Jang.

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