Gymnastics, swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi add to medal harvest
(UPDATE 2) Anthony Beram of the Philippines won the gold in men's 200 meters in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday night.
He clocked 20.84 seconds, besting sprinters from Thailand and Malaysia, who finished second and third respectively.
Aries Toledo also added a gold -- the Philippines' 10th in these Games so far -- in men's decathlon, topping rivals from Thailand and Vietnam who bagged silver and bronze, respectively.
While the Filipinos claimed medals throughout the day, it was starting to look like a gold-less outing until track and field started to deliver.
Marco Vilog took home the silver in men's 800 meters, right behind a Vietnamese opponent, while Harry Diones also placed second in men's triple jump, an event won by a Malaysian.
Overall, the Philippines collected 2 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze medals on Wednesday.
The other silvers were courtesy of: John Paul Bejar (karate, men's kumite under 55 kilograms) and Kaitlin de Guzman (gymnastics, women's floor exercise).
Olympic swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi bagged 3 bronze medals, finishing on the podium in the 50-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle and the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay.
The other bronze winners were: Reynald Capellan (gymnastics, men's vault); de Guzman (gymnastics, women's balance beam); Mae Soriano (karate, women's kumite under 55 kilograms); Arniel Ferrera (athletics, hammer throw); and in the doubles event in squash.
The Philippines remains in 6th place in the overall medal standings both in gold total and overall medals.
The Filipinos could climb up in the standings Thursday, given the gold medals on offer.
Besides billiards and more karate events, 3 Filipino boxers — Mario Fernandez (bantamweight), Eumir Felix Marcial (middleweight) and John Marvin (light heavyweight) — are playing in the finals of their respective weight classes.
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