MANILA, Philippines – Make that 52 gold medals for the Philippines to end the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.
Phillip Delarmino bagged the Philippines’ second muay thai gold after a successful protest in the men’s combat 57kg where he initially lost to home bet Nguyen Doan Long on Sunday, May 22.
The Muay Thai Association of the Philippines protested that Delarmino landed cleaner hits, prompting the organizers to overturn the result and give the gold to the Filipino.
Delarmino edged Long, 29-28, in the final decision.
With the win, Delarmino defended the gold he won in the 2019 SEA Games against the same Vietnamese foe.
The Philippines’ other muay thai gold came from the pair of Islay Erika Bomogao and Rhichein Yosorez, who ruled the women’s waikru mai muay.
Ariel Lee Lampacan (men’s 54kg) , Fritz Aldin Biagtan (men’s 60kg), Mauro Francesco Lumba (men’s 81kg), Rudzma Abubakar (women’s 48kg), April Joy la Madrid (women’s 60kg) all won bronze.
The Philippines finished fourth overall in the medal standings with 52 golds, 70 silvers, and 104 bronzes. (MEDAL TALLY: 31st SEA Games) – Rappler.com