MANILA, Philippines – With team Philippines hoisting its 20th and final gold, the country has now surpassed its 2015 medal haul in this year’s ASEAN Para Games which is set to wrap up on Saturday, September 23 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Josephine Medina of the para table tennis team picked up the country’s last mint in her women’s singles SF6-8 event after defeating Indonesia’s Suwarti in 4 sets, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9 to yank up the gold tally to 20.
The national delegates have now improved from their 7th place finish in Singapore as they now sit at the tournament’s 5th spot with a total of 69 medals including 20 golds, 20 silvers, and 29 bronzes.
In 2015, the Philippine para athletes listed 16 golds, 17 silvers, and 26 bronzes – a few medals short of this year’s output.
The para athletics team was the top performer for PH in this year’s games as the representatives scooped up 20 medals overall including 9 golds, 5 silvers, as well as 6 bronzes.
The chess and swimming crews added in 4 and 3 mints, respectively, while the para cycling, tenpin bowling, and powerlifting also had gold medalists of their own.
Meanwhile, Indonesia took home the overall Para Games championship after grabbing 126 golds, 75 silvers, and 50 bronzes for a total of 251 medals.
Host country Malaysia settled for a runner-up finish after listing 90 golds, 85 silvers, and 83 bronzes.
Thailand and Vietnam wound up at 3rd and 4th with an aggregate tally of 236 and 161 medals, respectively.
Myanmar, Singapore, Brunei, Timor Leste, Cambodia, and Laos complete the cast at 6th-11th places in the biennial contest. – Rappler.com
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