SEA Games

Padios gives PH maiden SEA Games gold, kurash delivers medals

Delfin Dioquino
Padios gives PH maiden SEA Games gold, kurash delivers medals

CHAMPION. Mary Francine Padios gives the country its first gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games a day before the biennial meet formally opens.

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Pencak silat standout Mary Francine Padios captures the Philippines' first gold medal in the Hanoi SEA Games, while the kurash team bags six medals

MANILA, Philippines – Mary Francine Padios delivered the Philippines its first gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam after ruling the seni tunggal event of the women’s pencak silat on Wednesday, May 11.

Inspired by her ailing father, the Kalibo, Aklan native scored 9.960 points to stun defending champion Puspa Arum Sari of Indonesia, who settled for silver with 9,945 points.

Padios’ father fell into a coma after figuring in a car accident on the way to Aklan just before Christmas last year.

“He has been motivating me ever since,” said Padios.

The Philippine kurash team also came up big on Wednesday and churned out six medals: three silvers and three bronzes.

Helen Aclopen (women’s -48kg), Charmea Quelino (women’s -52kg), and Sydney Sy (women’s +87kg) all netted silver, while George Baclagan (men’s 90kg), Renzo Cazeñas (men’s 81kg), and Al Llamas (men’s -60kg) clinched a bronze each.

Olympic rower Cris Nievarez added a silver to the Philippines’ medal tally as he and partner CJ Jasmin placed second in the men’s double sculls.

The Philippines’ other two bronze medals came from pencak silat courtesy of Jefferson Rhey Loon, James El Mayagma, and Rick Rod Ortega (men’s seni regu) and rowing courtesy of Joanie Delgaco, Amelyn Pagulayan, Josephine Qua, Kristine Paraon (women’s quadruple sculls).

A day before the SEA Games formally opens on Tuesday, the Philippines now has 1 gold, 5 silvers, and, 5 bronzes as the men’s beach handball team finished behind champion Vietnam on Tuesday.

Vietnam also topped the Philippines in women’s football on Wednesday as the Vietnamese hacked out a come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Filipinas.

Veteran Tahnai Annis put the Philippines on the board first with a goal at the 15th minute, but Vietnam found the back of the net twice behind Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung and Tran Thi Thuy Trang.

The Filipinas slipped to second place in Group A and will need the Vietnamese to win over Cambodia on Saturday to secure their place in the semifinals. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.