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HIGHLIGHTS: 31st SEA Games – May 18, 2022

Delfin Dioquino
HIGHLIGHTS: 31st SEA Games – May 18, 2022
Bannered by Olympic boxing silver medalist Nesthy Petecio, the Philippines looks to keep its momentum going into the final half of the Vietnam SEA Games

SIBOL NAILS FIRST ESPORTS GOLD

Sibol claimed its first esports gold in Vietnam as GrindSky Eris topped the women’s division of League of Legends: Wild Rift.

GrindSky Eris is the first all-female SEA Games champion in esports.

(READ: History made as Sibol rules women’s Wild Rift for maiden esports gold)

KAYLA RICHARDSON WINS GOLD IN WOMEN’S 100M

Kayla Richardson nailed the Philippines 37th gold in Vietnam as she topped the women’s 100m, beating Singapore’s Veronica Shanti Pereira and Thailand’s Supanich Poolkerd.

Richardson bagged her second medal after clinching bronze in the women’s 200m.

(READ: Kayla Richardson reclaims SEA Games gold in women’s 100m)

PH RELAGATED TO BRONZE MATCH IN WOMEN’S FOOTBALL

The Philippines faltered in its bid to reach the women’s football finals after absorbing a 0-3 loss at the hands of Thailand in the semifinals.

But the Filipinas can still bag a bronze as they face the loser of the other semifinals between Vietnam and Myanmar in the battle for third on Saturday.

GILAS PILIPINAS STAYS PERFECT WITH ROUT OF SINGAPORE

Gilas Pilipinas remained unbeaten in three games to fuel its title-retention bid after dealing Singapore an 88-37 beating.

Roger Pogoy and Francis “LeBron” Lopez powered the Philippines with 19 and 18 points, respectively.

(READ: Gilas Pilipinas blasts Singapore to stay perfect in SEA Games gold quest)

‘BATA’ BRINGS HOME BRONZE AS VIET BET CRUISES TO CAROM FINALS

Sports icon Efren “Bata” Reyes settled for bronze in the men’s one-cushion carom singles as Vietnam’s Nguyen Tran Thanh Tu cruised to a 100-55 decision.

This is the fifth straight SEA Games bronze in carom singles by the 67-year-old legend, considered one of the greatest of all time in the world of pool. He last won gold in the 1987 Jakarta Games, where he ruled in snooker and billiards.

(READ: ‘Bata’ bows out of SEA Games carom semis, settles for 5th straight bronze)

SIBOL BEGINS REPEAT GOLD BID IN MOBILE LEGENDS

Sibol starts its esports title-retention campaign in Mobile Legends as the Philippines faces Malaysia, Laos, and Myanmar.

Blacklist International represents the country in the Mobile Legends competition.

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HIGHLIGHTS: 31st SEA Games – May 18, 2022

ALEX EALA ASSURED OF BRONZE, MARCHES TO SINGLES SEMIS

Teenage tennis star Alex Eala is assured of her second career SEA Games medal after trouncing Malaysia’s Jo Leen Saw in the women’s singles quarterfinals, 2-0.

The 16-year-old sensation has yet to drop a set in singles competition and has already won bronze in women’s team play.

PH WINS FIRST GOLD IN ARCHERY

The Philippines claimed its first gold in archery as Pia Bidaure, Abby Bidaure, and Phoebe Amistoso topped the women’s team recurve.

Host Vietnam settled for silver, while Myanmar copped bronze.

CHUA BEATS COMPATRIOT BIADO FOR NINE-BALL GOLD

Johann Chua captured his first SEA Games gold after besting Carlo Biado for the men’s nine-ball singles title in an all-Filipino finals showdown.

Chua won 9-6 in the race-to-nine duel as Biado fell short of reclaiming the gold he bagged in the same event in 2017.

(READ: Johann Chua tops Carlo Biado in all-Filipino showdown for 9-ball gold)

GILAS WOMEN THRASH THAILAND FOR SECOND WIN

Afril Bernardino churned out a monster double-double as Gilas Women stayed unbeaten with a 97-81 drubbing of Thailand.

Bernardino put up 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Filipinas, who are off to a 2-0 start in their title-retention bid.

(READ: Gilas Women clobber Thailand for 2-0 start in SEA Games)

PREVIEW

MANILA, Philippines – Nesthy Petecio begins her Southeast Asian Games campaign in Vietnam on Wednesday, May 18, as the Philippines looks to keep its momentum going into the final half of the biennial meet.

The Olympic boxing silver medalist will tangle with Kay Thwe of Myanmar in the women’s -60kg to start her bid for a second straight SEA Games gold medal.

A victory by Petecio, who ruled the women’ 57kg in the previous SEA Games, will propel her to the semifinals with a guaranteed bronze to boot.

Over in billiards, the Philippines is already assured of another gold after Rubilen Amit defended her women’s nine-ball title as Carlo Biado and Johann Chua lock horns in an all-Filipino showdown for men’s nine-ball crown.

Biado aims for a third SEA Games title, while Chua seeks a breakthrough gold after clinching a pair of bronzes in the past two editions of the regional showpiece.

Pool legend Efren “Bata” Reyes returns to action on Wednesday as he competes in the semifinals of the men’s one-cushion carom.

Already assured of a podium spot, Reyes is one win away from earning his highest finish in the event, where he settled for bronze in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2019.

Gilas Pilipinas and Gilas Women look to stay unbeaten as they face Singapore and Thailand, respectively.

Coming off a 68-point beatdown of Cambodia, the men’s team shoots for a 3-0 record, while the women’s team intends to make it back-to-back wins to start the SEA Games after trouncing Indonesia two days ago.

The winner of four golds so far, athletics eyes a bigger haul as the Filipino tracksters – led by Eric Cray – take part in various events.

Extending his reign in the men’s 400m hurdles for the fifth straight SEA Games a day ago, Cray tries his luck for another gold in the men’s 100m.

The Philippines’ wrestling, tennis, beach volleyball, rhythmic gymnastics, and fencing teams also see action on Wednesday.

– Rappler.com

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.