Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
(C) Pencak Silat Federation President Princess Jacel Kiram

2021 SEA Games

SEA Games: Francine Padios gives Team PH first gold

The Philippines finally struck gold on the sixth day of the 31st Southeast Asian Games.

Francine Padios pocketed the country’s first gold of the 31st Southeast Asian Games after taking down erstwhile champion Indonesia’s Puspa Arum Sari, 9.960-9.945, in the women’s seni tunggal (artistic single) event of pencak silat, Wednesday at the Bắc Từ Liêm Sporting Hall in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The Filipino stalwart bagged the Philippines’ lone silver in the sport when she lost to the Indonesian three years ago in Subic Bay.

Padios improved on her silver medal finish in the 2019 Philippine Games, inspired by the misfortune that struck her dad, Jerome, just before Christmas.

“My dad has become my inspiration after he figured in a terrible car accident on her way home in Aklan just before Christmas,” said Padios, whose dad is in a coma. “He was so exhausted and drowsy from work that he slept at the wheel and met with an accident.

“He’s been motivating me ever since.”

The trio of Jefferson Rhey Loon Abilay, James El Mayagma, and Rick Rod Ortega Luarez added a bronze in the said discipline after exiting the semifinals on Tuesday, losing to eventual silver medalists Anggi Faisal Mubarok, Asep Yuldan Sani, Nunu Nugraha of Indonesia.

Over at the Thuy Nguyen Hai Phong Aquatics Center, Cris Nievares and Christian Joseph Jasmin finished the final race of the men’s lightweight double sculls in rowing in second place with 7:05.585 to take the silver.

Indonesia’s Ardi Isadi and Kakan Kusmana pulled ahead to win the gold with 7:01.385, as the Filipinos fended off Vietnam’s Dinh Nam Nhu and Van Hoan Bui who ended with the bronze with 7:08.605.

#ReadMore  UST moves closer to Final Four as FEU suffers second loss

The team of Joanie Delgaco, Amelyn Pagulayan, Josephine Qua, and Kristine Paraon chipped in a bronze medal in the women’s quadruple sculls with 7:28.879.

Grew to appreciate various sports from tennis to judo. True-maroon kiddo since the new millennium. Fanboy. Singer. Occasional sports writer.

You May Also Like


Olympian Cris Nievarez led a six-silver and two-bronze medal haul for Team Pilipinas in the Asian Rowing Virtual Indoor Championships held over the weekend...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Hidilyn Diaz, Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, Eumir Marcial, and the rest of Team Pilipinas were honored by the Malacañang Palace in a simple event,...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Promise made. Promise fulfilled. Prior to the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF) allotted cash incentives for the country’s...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

President Rodrigo Duterte gave a surprise to Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, and Eumir Marcial during a virtual courtesy call moments after arriving in the...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Coming off a high from the 30th Southeast Asian Games two years ago that saw the country win a historic 149 golds, the morale...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Team Pilipinas had just concluded its historic 2020 Summer Olympic Games campaign in Tokyo, Japan. A total of 19 Filipino athletes competed in 11...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Not one of the 19 Filipino athletes who competed in the pandemic Tokyo Olympics will be left behind, according to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC)...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO — Cris Nievarez completed his Olympic debut by finishing in 23rd place in men’s single sculls of rowing on Friday at the Sea...