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Cielo Honasan and Christopher Yue raise Philippines’ gold count to three



Sprinter Cielo Honasan and bowler Christopher Chiu Yue came through with golden performances to hike the Philippines’ total gold medals to three in the ninth ASEAN Para Games at two separate venues in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday.

Honasan, a 15-year-old native of Santiago, Botolan, Zambales, was a class above anyone else in the 200m T44 where she snared the gold with a clocking of 28.51 seconds, besting Indonesian Karisma Evi Tiarani and Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Thuy at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.

Tiarani and Nguyen timed in 31.12 and 33.07 to settle for the silver and bronze, respectively.

Yue, for his part, scored 1239 to beat Malaysians Mohd Azrin Bin Rahim’s 1216 and Abu Bakat Bin Nyat’s 1211 and bag the tenpin bowling gold held at Bandar Sunway in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Filipinos Angelito Guloya, Rufo Tablang, Benjamin Ramos also competed in the same event but wound up with 1011, 990 and 940, which was good for seventh, eighth and 14th place, respectively.

It was Honasan’s track gold though that shone the brightest as she dazzled right on her very first stint in this biennial meet for the differently abled.

“My dream is to compete and win here and I’m glad I got the chance to fulfill it,” said the 15-year-old Honasan.

Honasan knew she had it in the bag the moment she ran the heats where she emerged with the fastest time of 28.55, or some three seconds ahead of her closest pursuers.

She did not disappoint in the final.

Honasan will shoot for a sprint treble as she competes in the century dash on Wednesday and 400m on Thursday.

“That’s also my goal, to win three gold medals here,” she said.

The country also picked up two silver medals at the track courtesy of Jeanette Aceveda in shotput for F11 and F12 combined, and Arman Dino in the 400m for T47.

Dino’s second place finish came at the expense of Indonesian Marthin Losu and Thai Yamee Sutat, the gold and silver medallists in the 2015 Singapore staging. Dino clocked 52.77 while Sutat took the bronze in 53.38 and Losu ended up fourth in 53.75.

He did not expect Indonesian Nur Ferry Pradana, a Para Games rookie, to come out of nowhere to snatch the victory with a 50.49 time.

Claire Calizo, who copped a bronze in the 100m freestyle the day before, added a silver in swimming’s 200m freestyle for S14 with a time of 2:44.81, finishing behind eventual winner Daielle Moi Yan Ting of Singapore, who checked in at 2:29.89.


The Philippines has three golds, six silvers and four bronzes, which is good for seventh place as of publishing.




Philippine team exceeds expectations in AIMAG



Chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario hardly expected a deluge of medals in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

So it came as a big surprise when Filipino athletes produced far more than what Del Rosario had asked for.

“We succeeded and exceeded the country’s expectations in the AIMAG,” said Del Rosario, the Makati City congressman who also sits as secretary general of the Philippine Taekwondo Association.

The Philippines ended its 12-day stint with two gold, 14 silver, and 14 bronze medals in the biggest continental sportsfest next to the quadrennial Asian Games.

It overshadowed the one-gold, two-bronze performance of Filipino athletes in the previous AIMAG held in 2013 Incheon, South Korea.

“We didn’t make any bold projections and just believed that our athletes can accomplish it,” said Del Rosario, who — along with karatedo secretary general and deputy chef de mission Raymund Lee Reyes — took care of the 116 Filipino athletes who participated in 17 sports.

Jiu-jitsu grapplers Meggie Ochoa and Annie Ramirez captured the two golds worth PHP 2 million each from the Philippine Sports Commission, as provided for by Republic Act 10699 or the amended Sports Incentives Act.

Silver medalists led by Olympian Hidilyn Diaz; trackster Eric Cray; muay fighter Phillip Delarmino, cue aces Chezka Centeno, Rubilen Amit; bowler Kenneth Chua; and the dancesport tandem of German Enriquez and Danella Publico will earn P1 million each from the government.

The 62-nation Games, which included the Oceania region headed by Australia and New Zealand, ended with a lavish closing ceremony late Wednesday night at the 35,000-seater Ashgabat Olympic Stadium.

Completing the silver performers are poomsae specialists Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Jocel Lyn Ninobla; the men’s rapid chess team under-23 of international masters Jan Emmanuel Garcia and Paulo Bersamina; and jiu-jitsu’s Marc Alexander Lim, Jenna Kaila Napolis, and Gian Dee.

Taekwondo jins Kirstie Elaine Alora, Francis Agojo, Kristopher Uy; and wrestlers Alvin Lobreguito and Jefferson Manatad wound up with bronze medals, as well as kurash grappler Al Rolan Llamas, lifter Kristel Macrohon, and cue master Carlo Biado.

Joining them are the women’s rapid team under-23 starring woman grandmaster Janelle Frayna and woman Fide master Shania Mae Mendoza, and the dancesport pair of Gerald Jamili and Cherry Parcon.

Story and Photo from PSC-POC Media Group

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Rubilen Amit advances to 10-ball QF; Team Philippines struggles



Former two-time world champion Rubilen Amit clinched a spot in the quarterfinal round after beating Thi Ngoc Huyen of Vietnam, 7-2, in the round of 16 women’s 10-Ball Pool singles in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Sunday at the Ashgabat Olympic Complex in Ashghabat, Turkmenistan.

Rubilen Amit guns for podium finish

Amit, winner of the of the World 10-Ball Championship title in 2009 and 2013, is hoping for a better finish in this quadrennial meet after she settled with a bronze in Incheon, South Korea in 2013.

“Hopefully makakuha tayo ng medal. Kung ma-match ok, kung papalarin na mahigitan pa, mas maganda. I’ll do my best,” said Amit after her encounter with Huyen at the Billiards Hall.

The 35-year-old Amit, a native of Mandaue, Cebu, is scheduled to meet Iranian Parisa Mangli in the semifinal stage Monday. Women’s 9-Ball Singles silver medalist Chezka Centeno fell to Chen Siming, 7-1, in the last 16.

Other national team participants lost their matches, including in bowling after Kenneth Chua and Jo-Mar Roland Jumapao lost to India in the men’s quarterfinal doubles.

Kenneth Chua, Jo-mar Jumapao drop off in bowling

Chua, a silver medal winner in men’s singles, finished with 224 points, while Jumapao had 182 points for a combined 406 points to India’s 418 points from Shabbir Dhankot (181) and Dhruv Sarda (237).

Chua and Jumapao earned a spot in the quarter after they finished third in their group. The other national team pair of Ivan Malig and Anton Alcazaren placed 15th in their group.

In the women’s division, Maria Liza del Rosario and Krizziah Lyn Tabora make up Team 1, while Marian Lara Posadas Marie Alexis Sy are Team 2 for the doubles meet set Sunday afternoon.

Tennis team struggles

Clarice Patrimonio and Khim Iglupas dropped their game against Ankita Raina and Prarthana Thombare of India in the quarters Saturday. The team of Iglupas and Jeson Patrombon also lost to Thombare and Jagadeesan Vishnuvardhan of India in the quarters Friday.

Renzo Cazenas falls out of the podium

Renzo Miguel Cazenas lost both his fights in the -90kg Sambo men’s category.

In the quarters, he fell to Iraj Amirkhani of Iran (9-0) and then in the Repechage (chance for bronze) to Afghanistan’s Mahmoodullhaq Mohammadi.

Alvin Lobreguito does not make traditional wrestling’s elite eight

Alvin Lobreguito, bronze medal winner in the freestyle -57kg traditional wrestling event, suffered a 10-0 defeat in to Jawed Rahimi of Iran in the final 16 freestyle -57kg.

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Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Chezka Centeno settle for silver



Poomsae jins Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Jocel Lyn Ninobla settled for silver medals with cue artist Chezka Centeno to sustain the medal streak of the Philippines going in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

Centeno’s hasty shot on the fourth marble in the 10th frame was a costly mistake that China’s Han Yu exploited for a 7-4 victory in the women’s 9-ball finale.

Han launched a powerful break on the deciding set and finished off the 18-year-old Zamboanga City native with a combination of the third and ninth balls on the left corner pocket.

Delivering what seemed like a spotless routine, Reyes scored 8.310 points from the judges before Pongporn Suvittayarak of Thailand erased his lead with 8.550 points for the gold in men’s individual poomsae.

The 22-year-old from Dasmarinas City was proud of the silver, his best performance in international tournaments after bringing home bronze medals from the recent Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games and the 2016 world championships in Lima, Peru.

“It’s nice to have the gold but it wasn’t meant for me. I’m thankful for the opportunity to contribute a silver medal for our country,” said Reyes.

Jocel Lyn Ninobla also got the silver with 8.000 points after Marjan Salahshouri of Iran scored 8.120 points in the women’s individual poomsae finals.

The Philippines jacked up its medal collection of two gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals, which included the third-place performance of Kristel Macrohon in women’s weightlifting.

Macrohon combined a total lift of 209kg for the bronze behind gold medalist Assem Sadykova of Kazakhstan (222kg) and silver finisher Apolonia Vaivai of Fiji (221kg).

Chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario was happy on the turnout where Filipino athletes kept on delivering medals everyday since the Games began last week.

It shadowed some of the few setbacks for the day after Anna Patrimonio and Khim Iglupas failed to advance in the semifinals of women’s tennis doubles.

Ankita Raina and Prarthan Thombare of India defeated pushed the Filipina netters to the exits with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at the Tennis Center.

In bowling, Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia eliminated Maria Liza Del Rosario, 204-194, in their quarterfinal showdown.

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Chezka Centeno, poomsae jins advance to gold medal round



Cue artist Chezka Centeno and poomsae artists Dustin Mella and Rodelfo Reyes, Jr. will look to bag the Philippines’ third gold in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Thursday evening in Ashghabat, Tajikistan.

Chezka Centeno advances to gold medal round

Chezka Centeno moved to the gold-medal game following her 7-3 win over China’s Liu Shash in the semifinal of the women’s 9-Ball Pool Singles.

The 18-year-old Centeno won six of the first eight racks against the 24-year-old Liu in their Race-to-Seven encounter, before Liu took the ninth rack to cut Centeno’s lead to 6-3.

After a mistake by Liu on the 10th rack, Centeno did not waste the opportunity as she closed out the match for a spot in the final opposite China’s Han Yu. The match is being played at press time at the Billiards Sports Arena.

A native of Zamboanga City, Centeno will try to add the AIMAG title to her recent win, when she captured her second straight gold in the Southeast Asian Games Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Jins Dustin Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. sustain momentum from SEA Games

Rodolfo Reyes, Jr. and Dustin Jacob Mella ranked 3 and 6 respectively in the Taekwondo Men’s Individual event in the semis and moves to the finals to be contested at 6:00pm, Manila time.

Bowler Kenneth Chua and Muay Thai fighter Philip Delarmino settle for silver

Bowler Kenneth Chua and Muay Thai bet Philipp Delarmino lost in the final of their respective events to settle for silver medals, but were cheered by the Philippine delegation headed by Chef de Mission Monsour del Rosario and Philippine Olympic Committee First vice president Joey Romasanta.

Chua fell to Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon, 247-212, in the men’s singles final at the Bowling Arena, while Delarmino suffered 30-27 defeat to Thailand’s Chotichanin Kokkrachai in the -57kg men’s final at the Muay Thai Arena.

Cue Artist Carlo Biado and judoka Al Llamas earn bronze

The national team also earned bronze medals on Thursday from Carlo Biado in the men’s 9-Ball Pool Singles and Al Rolan Llamas in the men’s -60kg in Judo.

Biado lost to Taipei’s Chang Jung Lin, 9-2, in the semifinal, while the Llamas sustained a 10-0 defeat to Turkmenistan’s Erkin Omurzakow at the Martial Arts Arena.

Medal Tally

So far, Team Philippines has captured two gold medals as the Jiu Jitsu fighters Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa and Annie Ramirez ruled their respective events, while Rio Olympics veteran Hidilyn Diaz and Asian Champion Eric Cray settled for silver medals.

Also with silver medals are Jiu Jitsu’s Gian Taylor Dee, Marc Alexander Lim and Jenna Kaila Napolis, while bronze medal winners are Kristopher Robert Uy, Francis Aaron Agojo and Kristie Elaine Alora in Taekwondo; Alvin Lobreguito in Traditional Wrestling; and Jefferson Manatad in Belt Wrestling.

The victors are set to receive cash incentives of P2 million for the gold medal winners, P1 million for silver medalist, and P400,000 for bronze medalist from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

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