Dagmil rules long jump in SEA Games



(As of 7 pm)

Country        Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. Thailand      43    37      38    118
2. Myanmar      37    30      33    100
3. Vietnam       35    32      41    108
4. Indonesia    31    47      43    121
5. Malaysia       21    15      37      73
6. Singapore              15    12      21      48
7. Philippines    10    13      21      48
8. Cambodia      4      7      12      23
9. Laos              2      5      18      25
10. Brunei          1      1        4       6
11. Timor Leste  0      0        0       0


NAY PYI TAW — Henry Dagmil re-asserted his mastery in the regional stage as he claimed one of the country’s two gold medals in the athletics competition of the 27th Southeast Asian Games.

A native of South Cotabato who saw action in the Beijing Olympics, Dagmil tallied 7.80 meters to rule the men’s long jump event Sunday at the Wunna Theikdi Stadium here.

The victory, which came barely a week after he celebrated his 32nd birthday, was a breath of fresh air for Dagmil, especially after he failed to come up with any significant achievement after winning the gold medal in the Thailand SEA Games six years ago.

And what makes it even sweeter was the fact that he did it over his long-time tormentor, Supanara Sukhasvasti of Thailand, who settled for a silver medal with 7.71 meters as well as Van Lam Pham of Vietnam, who finished with 7.53 meters.

“He’s back,” said athletics coach Joseph Sy, adding that Dagmil made the feat in his second jump after notching 7.41 in his first try.

“When he saw his first jump, he felt that there’s still a bigger room to improve.

So he corrected his form and did his best to surpass it in his second try.”

Moments after Dagmil’s impressive performance, the tandem of Archand Christian Bagsit and Edgardo Alejan notched an incredible gold-silver medal finish in the men’s 400m run.

The 22-year old Bagsit started out slow, but zoomed in the final 200-meter mark to clock 47.22 seconds while Alejan finished with 47.45 meters.

“Maganda ang pacing ko. Hindi ako sumabay sa field,” he said moments shortly after plucking his first SEA Games gold medal.

“Malakas sya sa last 200 meters,” Sy added. “Kaya ang naging strategy nila ay paunahin si Alejan para maubos ang hangin ng mga kalaban. Mula dun, hahabulin na lang ni Bagsit.”

Capping the fruitful day for the Philippine track and field team was the silver medal of Arnel Ferrera in men’s hammer throw and bronze medal of Riezel Buenaventura in women’s pole vault.

Ferrera came up with a hurl of 61.18 meters to yield the gold medal to Tantipong Phetchaya of Thailand, who tallied 62.23 meters.

Buenaventura, on the other hand, finished with a jump of 3.80 meters while Sukanya Chomcheundee of Thailand and Thi Phuong Le of Vietnam notched 4.21 and 4.10 meters to caputre the gold and silver medals, respectively.

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