Contrasting results for PH poomsae teams in SEA Games



NAY PYI TAW – One team is on the rise while another is seemingly on the fade.

Such is the overall story of the Philippine men’s and women’s poomsae squads after coming up with contrasting results in their respective events Wednesday at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium here.

Composed of Djustin and Raphael Mella as well as Vidal Marvin Gabriel, the men’s poomsae squad clinched the gold medal with a total of 7.920 points while Indonesia notched 7.590 points for the silver and Thailand settled for the bronze medal with 7.550 points.

Gabriel then went on to win the silver medal in the men’s poomsae singles.

In the women’s side, the troika of Janice Lagman, Rani Ortega and Rinna Babanto was good only for the bronze medal with 7.665 points. It was powerhouse Vietnam which took the gold medal with 7.950 points while Thailand settled for silver with 7.785 points.

Poomsae coach Jeanne Pierre Sabido admitted that the women’s team is never the same again since winning back-to-back titles in the 2009 Laos and 2011 Palembang Games.

And though the departure of Camille Alarilla is considered a key factor, Sabido said it is Father Time to blame after having seemingly caught up with the comely pair of Ortega and Lagman.

“Some teams sent their junior squads who are between 16 to 20 years old,” said the 30-year-old Sabido, who skippered the men’s poomsae team four years ago.

“Janice and Rani are already 26 to 30 years old. Medyo malaki and age gap nila against their rivals and matigas na ang mga buto nila. I think it’s about time for us to start developing young players. This is a perfect moment to form a completely new team.”

Sabido added that the 16-year-old Babanto could be the anchor of the next generation of women’s poomsae artists.

“She’s young and very promising,” he said. “If Rani and Janice will decide that they’ll no longer compete, I guess Rinna can be the guide of our future team.”

On a brighter note, the men’s team – a squad which was formed only two months ago – made heads turn with their crisp moves and impressive synchronization.

“Contrary to the women’s team, our men’s team is such a young team. Actually, masyadong malayo ang score nila sa silver medalist na Indonesia. That’s how dominant they were. They will be a force to reckon with in the years to come.”


TAEKWONDO: Stephen Thomas Harper Morrison d. Raja Sulpadu Rua of Singapore, 14-0, in their under-74kg match to advance to SF Morrison d. Malaysian, 17-8, to advance to finals but lost to Thai in finals, 7-8.
GOLF: Princess Superal wins women’s individual gold with six-under 210 total.
Superal (72) and Mia Legaspi (73) combined for final day 145, giving Filipinas a three-round 428 total and an 11-shot win over Myanmar in team play. Katrina Delen-Briones’ 77 did not count.

CYCLING: Road Race team of Junerey Navarra, Boots Ryan Cayubit, Mark Galedo, Rustom Lim, bronze
Gayubit highest placed PHL bet in individual at 7th.

ATHLETICS: Jessica Barnard bronze in women’s 3,000m steeplechase.
Christopher Ulboc Jr. gold in 3,000m steeplechase with 9:01.59. Silver Thien Sam Pham (VIE) 9:02.50, Patikarn Petchricha (THA) 9:04.4. Five-time champ Rene Herrera 4th 9:09.14.
Jesson Ramil Cid gold in decathlon with 7,038 total points. Ia Malik of INA (6,711) silver, Nguyen Van Day (VIE) 6383, bronze.
First decathlon gold by PHL since Fidel Gallenero in 2001.
JUDO: Nancy Quillotes-Lucero denied a third gold after losing to Myanmar foe in under-45kg finals.

BILLIARDS: Dennis Orcollo exacted sweet revenge on Thailand’s Nitiwat Kanjanasri with a 9-3 victory in their 10-ball singles quarterfinals. Nitiwat same one who beat Orcollo, 9-6, in the 9-ball quarters last Monday.
Orcollo next takes on winner between Indonesia’s Zulfikri and Anh Tuan of Vietnam, who are still playing, in the semis set 1p.m. (2:30 p.m. Manila) Wednesday.
Carlo Biado, meanwhile, beat Keng Kwang of Singapore, 9-4, and will face QF winner between Thanh Kien of Vietnam and Phone Myint Kyaw of Myanmar.
Could be two PHL players in finals, set to start 4 p.m. (5:30 Manila).

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