PHNOM PENH—The Philippines’ rode on its wonderful track and field team in raking in three more gold medals and staying afloat in the 12th ASEAN Para Games at the Morodok Techo National Stadium here on Tuesday.
King James Reyes saved the best for last as he finally struck gold in the men’s 800 meters T46, where he timed in two minutes and 13.22 seconds after a pair of silver-medal efforts in 5000m Sunday and 1500m Monday.
Over at the nearby practice field, where the other throwing events were staged, Rosalie Terrefiel and Andrei Kuizon likewise snared a gold each with the former reigning supreme in women’s javelin F11 and the latter ruling men’s shot put F54/54.
The feats hiked the Joel Deriada-mentored squad’s total to six, which already matched its haul last year in Surakarta, Indonesia with still one day remaining in the four-day centerpiece event.
“Our goal is to improve on our six gold last time and we’re close to achieving that,” said Deriada, who thanked the Philippine Sports Commission, PhilSpada, Philippine Paralympic Committee and their manager Judith Staples for their support.
At press time, the Filipinos stayed at fifth in the overall medal race with a 15-18-18 gold-silver-bronze haul.
Indonesia continued to hold sway at the helm with a 71-61-41 harvest followed by Thailand’s 46-49-36, Vietnam’s 31-29-45 and Malaysia’s 30-23-14.
“We’re still on target in surpassing the 28 gold medals won last year in Surakarta,” said PSC commissioner and chef-de-mission Walter Torres.
Over at the Morodok Aquatics Center, the Filipinos’ blistering golden streak came to a crashing halt as they only managed a silver in the 100m butterfly S14 courtesy of Ariel Joseph Alegarbes, who clocked 1:00.73 in finishing behind eventual winner Muhd Imaan Aiman of Malaysia with 1:00.35.
The country had earlier scooped up five mints in the first two days including two by Gary Bejino, who accomplished both in record-breaking fashions.