Showcasing an impressive routine, Taekwondo’s men’s poomsae trio Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr., won a gold medal on Friday in the men’s team division at the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
The Taekwondo jins scored 7.850 points, followed by Vietnam’s 7.720 points and Indonesia’s 7.505 points.
Also in that day, trackster Christopher Ulboc took home a gold medal after topping the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a record of 8 minutes and 59.07 seconds. He defeated Vietnam’s Pham Tien San with 8 minutes and 59.90 seconds and Indonesia’s Atjong Purwanto with 9 minutes and 6.41 seconds.
Aside from the two golds, the Philippines also bagged two silvers and 13 bronzes.
Taekwondo’s poomsae’s women’s individual contender Rinna Babanto and women’s flyweight contender Irene Bermejo won the two silvers.
Babanto-led women’s poomsae trio, athletics’ Edgardo Alejan in the men’s 400 meters, Donovant Arriola in the men’s long jump, Jessica Barnard in the women’s 3000m steeplechase and Narcisa Atienza in the women’s heptathlon, and Eric Ang, Hagen Topacio and Miguel Laperal in the men’s trap team, Jeson Patrombon and Katharina Lehnert in men’s and women’s tennis singles, Maiquel Jawn Selga and Mark Howard Griffin in wakeboarding, Jenar Torillos in Taekwondo’s men’s finweight class, and bowling’s women’s teams of five and men’s squash team were those who took home the 13 bronzes.
Before the day ended, Sinag Pilipinas beat Timor Leste, 126-2, in basketball.