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MANILA, Philippines – Filipino athletes continue to shine under the international spotlight after the Southeast Asian Games and FIBA World Cup as the 19th Asian Games runs this 2023 in Hangzhou, China from September 23 to October 8.
Nearly 400 of the Philippines’ sporting cream of the crop grace the quadrennial continental showpiece, including superstars like Olympic champion Hidilyn Diaz, world No. 2 pole vaulter EJ Obiena, and reigning Asian Games gold medalist skateboarder Margielyn Didal.
Gilas Pilipinas also heads out in full force in 3×3 and 5-on-5 basketball, both in the men’s and women’s divisions, while the history-making Filipinas football squad also vies for Asian supremacy after a breakthrough FIFA World Cup run.
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ATHLETICS: Kristina Knott and John Tolentino hope to add to the country’s medal haul after securing final berths in their respective events.
Tolentino topped his heat (13.70 seconds) to advance to the medal round of the men’s 110m hurdles, while Knott finished second in her heat (24.02 seconds) in the women’s 200m to also qualify in the final round.
SWIMMING: The Philippine team of Tiea Isabella Salvino, Thanya Angelyn dela Cruz, Jasmine Alkhaldi, and Kayla Noelle Sanchez finished fifth overall, and established a new Philippine record time of 8:12.80 in the finals of the 4x200m freestyle swimming.
The Philippines was the best Southeast Asian country in the race dominated by China, which checked in with a time of 7:49.34.
The Pinay tankers’ clocking shattered the previous national mark of 8:15.46, set in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games by Alkhaldi, Xiandi Chua, Nicole Oliva, and Remedy Rule.
TRIATHLON: The Philippines fell short in its men’s triathlon bid as Japan completed a 1-2 finish.
Fernando Casares, the Philippines’ two-time Southeast Asian Games champion, finished 10th in the swim-bike-run event with a time of 2 hours and 53 seconds.
Other Filipino bet Andrew Kim Remolino (2:04.47) wound up 13th in the 29-man field, where 12 did not finish.
Kenji Nener (1:50.54) captured the gold while fellow Japanese Makoto Odakura (1:51.49) clinched silver. Kazakhstan’s Ayan Beisenbayev (1:52.25) rounded out the podium finishers.
JUDO: The Philippine judo team will go home without a single medal after it bowed to Thailand in the round of 16 of the mixed team event.
Olympian Kiyomi Watanabe yielded to former Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Thonthan Satjadet (women’s +70kg); Ryoko Salinas surrendered to Supattra Nanonong via ippon in the first 31 minutes of action (women’s -70kg); John Viron Ferrer lost to Wei Fuyang (men’s -90kg); and Carl Dave Aneseta got beaten by Kittipong Hantratin (men’s +90kg).
ESPORTS: The Sibol team of Robert de Guzman picked up a win and a loss in the Dream Three Kingdoms 2 event as the Philippines booked a quarterfinal berth.
De Guzman and his teammates first turned back the Sardor Azimov-led Uzbekistan, 1-0, before bowing to the Meirlan Yanmakhanov-powered Kazakhstan, 1-0, to place second in Group B. Only the top two teams in each group advanced to the quarterfinals.
SWIMMING: Philippine bet Xiandi Chua secured a spot in the final round of the women’s 400m individual medley tonight at 8:38 pm after finishing third in heat 2 with time of 4:55.83.
China goes 1-2 in the women's street final as Cui Chenxi bags the gold, while Zeng Wenhui clinches silver.— Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) September 27, 2023
Japan's Miyu Ito cops bronze as Margielyn Didal – the 2018 champion – finishes 8th. #AsianGames pic.twitter.com/90IEMX3rhm
SKATEBOARDING: Former Asian Games champion Margielyn Didal decides to pass up on her fourth and fifth trick attempts. She is set to finish at 8th and last place in the women’s street final with 23.39 points.
SKATEBOARDING: Margielyn Didal has yet to land a trick after two tries. She appears to hurt her right arm after her second trick attempt.
SKATEBOARDING: No medal for Margielyn Didal as she ends her second run with 12.83 points. She fails to finish her second run as she stumbles twice no thanks to an apparent injury.
KEY EVENTS: The Philippines hopes to pick up the pace in its medal quest as skateboarding star Margielyn Didal (10 am) and gymnast Kursten Lopez (3 pm) see action in the finals, while tennis ace Alex Eala (10 am) aims for a final four spot. Gilas Women (5:30 pm) debut in women’s basketball against Kazakhstan, while unbeaten Gilas Men 3×3 (4:20 pm) look to sustain their surprise run in 3×3 basketball.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING: Xiandi Chua places third in women’s 200m backstroke heats to qualify for the final later in the day.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING: Kayla Sanchez finishes first in women’s 100m freestyle heats to qualify for the final later in the day.
WOMEN’S SOFTBALL: Blu Girls drub Thailand, 11-0, in the first match of the round robin group phase.
LABAN PILIPINAS! 🇵🇭— Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) September 23, 2023
Team Philippines, led by EJ Obiena and Margie Didal, grace the #AsianGames parade of nations at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Hangzhou, China.
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The flag of China is hoisted at the #AsianGames opening ceremony at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou.— Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) September 23, 2023
Chinese President Xi Jinping waves at the crowd. Photos: Reuters
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More and more officials and athletes arriving today to compete and support fellow Filipinos! 🇵🇭— Philippine Olympic Committee – POC (@OlympicPHI) September 23, 2023
𝗚𝗢𝗢𝗗 𝗟𝗨𝗖𝗞, 𝗔𝗧𝗛𝗟𝗘𝗧𝗘𝗦!! 𝗠𝗔𝗕𝗨𝗛𝗔𝗬 𝗞𝗔𝗬𝗢!
🙌💙💛❤️#POCAtAsianGames2022 #19thasiangames #teamphilippines #HangzhouAsianGames pic.twitter.com/UFOOwioTY2
Sarina Bolden, Quinley Quezda, and Katrina Guillou slot in the goals to give head coach Mark Torcaso a victory in his debut match for the Philippine women’s football team.
LOOK: The official match day team sheet for today’s Group E opener.— Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) September 22, 2023
Newly appointed head coach Mark Torcaso kicks off his Filipinas stint versus Hong Kong in the Asian Games. 📸: PFF | via @juro_morilla pic.twitter.com/QZliagwGmu
Fresh from its historic World Cup run, the Philippine women’s football team kicks off its campaign against Hong Kong at 4 pm on Friday, with new coach Mark Torcaso also debuting for the Filipinas.
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