Multi-titled duathlete Javier Robeno add a bronze medal in Philippines’ campaign yesterday at the 4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand.
Robeno finished 3rd in the Men’s Duathlon with a time of 54.57 seconds to grab the bronze medal in the said event, dominated by Japanese Ryo Sueoka and Yuya Fukaura who clinched the gold and silver after clocking 54.20 and 54.25 seconds respectively.
Compatriot Carlo Pedregosa finished 6th with a time of 57.29 seconds.
In the Women’s Duathlon, Philippines’ Mirasol Abad and Miscelle Gilbuena finished 4th and 5th respectively with times of 1:08.04 and 1:09.22 minutes.
Perlas ng Pilipinas was off to a good start as they won their first preliminary game against India, 13-11.
Philippines and China now tops Group A in the Women’s Beach Basketball, with 1 Win and 0 Loss, followed by India and Mongolia with 0 Win and 1 Loss. Only the top two teams in Group A will advance to the semifinal round.
The Women’s Beach Handball team suffered a defeat in their first preliminary game in Group A, where the Jordanians blanked team Philippines, 2-0 (15-8 15-12).
Jordan and Chinese Taipei currently top Group A with 2 points each (1 Win and 0 Loss), while Philippines and Turkmenistan are at the bottom with -2 points (0 Win and 1 Loss). Team Philippines will face Vietnam, who didn’t have a game yesterday, on Monday.
Only Top 2 Countries in Group A advance to the Women’s Beach Hand Ball semifinal round.
Meanwhile, our Wrestlers failed to deliver a podium finish in the first day of action yesterday.
Joseph Angana came close to advancing to the semifinal round of the Men’s Freestyle -70kg event, but a loss to Thailand’s Padipat Wantawong cost him him the slot amid winning his two other games in the preliminary.
Wantawon advanced to the semifinals after topping Group C.
Wrestler Grace Loberanes also came close to advancing to the Women’s Freestyle -50kg event. She Grace tied with Vietnam’s Thi Xuan Nguyen with 2 Wins and 3 Losses, but Nguyen managed to score 9 C. Points and 5 Total Points, to Grace’ 8 C. Points and 4 Total Points, thus Nguyen ended in 4th place, taking the last semifinal slot.
In Petanque, Gilbert Dela Cruz and Violeta Dela Cruz finished 4th in Group 1 Mixed Doubles preliminary event with 1 Win and 3 Losses, thus failing to advance to the semifinal round.
Randell Raymundo, Philippines’ lone entry of in the Air Sport event yesterday, was off to a good start in the Task 1 of the Individual Precision event after finishing 1st (along with 31 other athletes) to score 30 points.
Luck was not on his side though as he took on Task 2 since he failed to finish the task and ended in 31st place with only 2 points.
Raymundo takes on Task 3 today to launch a come-back and hopefully win a medal for the country.
Team Philippines only manage to deliver a bronze medal yesterday, which brought the medal tally to 2 Gold and 2 Bronze medals, slipping to 9th place in the overall medal tally.