It was another close one at the ABG5 Beach Athletics competition, when triple jumper Mark Diones led all jumpers with only the 6th and final round left. His mark of 15.72, which he got in his 4th attempt, seemed good enough to win gold. Then the wind shifted.
Until the 6th round, everyone was jumping against the wind. Mark recounted, “I adjusted my takeoff by half a shoe backward. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough because I fouled by 1cm.”
His jump was good for bronze with Gold going to Nguyen Van Hung of host Vietnam with a 16.63m on his last jump and Silver to Thai Tepparak Pratchaya with 15.81m.
The Men’s Cross Country did not do so well with Mervin Huarte coming in 14th, Christopher Ulboc 16th, Jomar Angus 19th, Wenlie Maulas 20th, and Immuel Camino 21st.
The Mens Double Sculls CM2X team of Nestor Cordova & Benjamin TOlentino finished the Games in 7th position.
In Women’s 3×3 quarter finals, the Perlas lost to defending Champion Chinese Taipei 21-6. Coach Mark Solano admitted, “We lost to a good team. They were quicker, bigger, and highly skilled.” The gold went to China, followed by silver to Thailand, and bronze to Chinese Taipei.
Greek Coach Vassilis Fragkias of the champion Qatar Men’s Team complimented the Perlas, “I know how popular basketball is in your country and your girls showed that love. They represented your country well.”
In Pencak Silat, Juanillo Ballesta lost 5-0 to local Le Sie Kien in the Tanding (sparring) Men 85kg Class; as did Clyde Baria 4-1 to Thai Kaewrudee in the Women’s 60kg. Rick Ortega won by TKO over Amit Vinod of Indonesia in the Men’s 60kg; followed by Dines Dumaan’s loss to Nguyen van Tri of Vietnam in the Men 50kg 5-0, good for a bronze. The day ended in a bitter sweet fashion with a win by disqualification by Princelyn Enopia over Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Kim. Enopia was punched in the face and could not continue.
Rowing action in Men CM2X Double Sculls
The running finish in Beach Rowing
The Perlas Team (L-R): Ma. Cecilia Junsay, Chovi Borja, Camilla Escoto, Team Manager Butch Antonio of SBP, Sara Mercado, Coach Mark Solano, and CDM Karen Mercado.
CDM Karen consoling Perlas after loss to Chinese Taipei It’s not all sports at ABG5
The PHI Pencak Silat Team pray before matchesDines Duamman (PHI) vs Nguyen Thanh Tri in the Men’s 50kg Tanding (sparring). Dines lost 5-0 but picked up a bronze medal.