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HIGHLIGHTS: SEA Games 2023 – May 15

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HIGHLIGHTS: SEA Games 2023 – May 15
Already with 46 gold medals, the Philippines is on track to surpass its 52-gold haul in the previous SEA Games
Jean Claude Saclag achieves kickboxing three-peat

SEA Games veteran Jean Claude Saclag continued his golden streak in kickboxing, ruling the men’s low kick 63.5kg category with a 3-0 decision over Cambodia’s San Rakim.

This is his third straight SEA Games gold after starting his title run back home in the 2019 Philippines SEA Games.

Dexler Bolambao pushes PH to 50-gold mark off arnis event win

Dexler Bolambao earned the Philippines’ 50th gold as the SEA Games winds down, defeating Cambodia’s Ty Prakponlue with a 3-0 win.

Gilas Pilipinas rallies past Indonesia, claims finals berth

The Philippines tasted sweet payback as it dethroned Indonesia with a come-from-behind 84-76 victory to advance to the men’s basketball finals.

Justin Brownlee powered Gilas Pilipinas’ fightback from an 11-point deficit to down Indonesia and arrange a title duel with host Cambodia.

(READ: Gilas Pilipinas dethrones Indonesia, sets up rematch with Cambodia for SEA Games gold)

(READ: Chot says Gilas job not finished after payback vs Indonesia: ‘We came here to win gold’)

Arnisador Alcoseba delivers gold No. 49

Maria Ella Alcoseba is the Philippines’ 49th gold medalist after ruling the arnis women’s full contact live stick bantamweight category.

Besting Vietnam’s Thi Yen Linh Nguyen, 3-0, in the semifinal round, Alcoseba then went on to beat Myanmar’s Moe Moe Aye for the gold also with a clean 3-0 result.

Retired wrestler Tina Vergara returns to win gold at 44

44-year-old wrestler Tina Vergara came out of retirement to win gold at the women’s freestyle 65kg event for her third SEA Games gold overall and first in 18 years.

Vergara beat out Cambodian bet Sambat Vannak and Laotian Sopha Thammavong.

Gilas Pilipinas vies for finals spot

After finishing No. 2 in Group A, Gilas Pilipinas finally gets the chance to exact revenge and dethrone last year’s tormentor Indonesia in their highly anticipated knockout, crossover men’s basketball semifinals.

(LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Indonesia – SEA Games 2023 men’s basketball semifinals)

Sarno defends weightlifting gold in record-breaking style anew

Rising weightlifting star Vanessa Sarno defended her women’s 71kg crown with a 225kg total lift, breaking her own SEA Games snatch record along the way.

Sarno – who captured her first regional gold last year by shattering the SEA Games records in snatch (104kg), clean and jerk (135kg) , and total lift (239kg) – gave Philippine weighting its second gold after Elreen Ando. 

The teen reset her snatch record with a 105kg lift, then cleared 120kg on her first clean and jerk attempt before opting not to use her two other tries.

(READ: Vanessa Sarno smashes own SEA Games mark to defend weightlifting crown)

Dethroned Gilas Women settle for silver

Gilas Women secured the next best thing after falling short of their three-peat SEA Games bid.

The Philippines overpowered Malaysia, 77-63, on the last day of women’s basketball action to wrap up its campaign at 5-1 and secure a silver.

Janine Pontejos fired a game-high 24 points, 15 coming from beyond the arc, to lead Gilas, who finished behind unbeaten gold medalist Indonesia (6-0).

(READ: Pontejos shines as Gilas Women capture silver with romp of Malaysia)


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – More gold medals are expected from weightlifting, arnis, judo, taekwondo, and wrestling as the Philippines pushes for the 50-gold mark on the penultimate day of the Southeast Asian Games here.

Already with 46 golds, the Philippines is on track to surpass its 52-gold haul in Vietnam last year, with weightlifter Vanessa Sarno, taekwondo jin Dave Cea, and judoka Keisei Nakano leading the charge on Monday, May 15.

Sarno aims to retain her crown in the women’s 71kg, where she set new SEA Games records in snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift last year.

Cea, meanwhile, eyes a return to the top at the heavier men’s 80kg division after failing to defend the 74kg gold he bagged four years ago when he settled for silver in Vietnam.

Nakano hopes to break through in the men’s -73kg following back-to-back bronze finishes in 2017 and 2019 and a silver in 2021.

Wrestling and arnis also look to continue their contributions after delivering one and two golds, respectively, on Sunday, May 14.

Gilas Pilipinas shoots for a spot in the gold-medal match as it tangles with defending champion Indonesia in the semifinals, while Gilas Women seek to capture silver with a win over Malaysia.

(MEDAL TALLY: 2023 SEA Games)

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