Filipina fencers snared gold once again after ruling the women’s team epee event in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Saturday afternoon at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
The quartet of Hanniel Abella, Anna Gabriella Estimada, Anna Guinto, and Harlene Raguin made that possible as the Filipinas scored a 45-38 come-from-behind win versus Singapore.
Abella, who settled for silver in the women’s individual epeè, was the one who fought last and clinched the gold.
“Hindi pa nagsi-sink in,” Abella said. “I’m very, very happy. Ginawa namin ito hindi para maging historic yung pagkapanalo namin. Ginawa namin ito because we want to deliver for the Philippines.”
The Philippine fencers now have two gold medals in their collection. They won their first one last Thursday care of Jylyn Nicanor, as she lorded over the women’s individual sabre event.
Meanwhile, the men’s team contributed to the country’s medal haul after snagging a bronze medal.
The crew of Nathaniel Perez, Shawn Nicolei, Michael Nicanor, Jaime Viceo fell to Thailand, 40-45, in the men’s team foil semifinals to collect their sixth bronze in the meet.
The fencing competitions will end on Sunday and the Filipinos will look to end their campaign with a bang as the teams will compete in the men’s epee and the women’s sabre events.