Francine Padios wins PH's first gold in SEA Games


Posted at May 11 2022 12:29 PM | Updated as of May 11 2022 03:21 PM

A woman rides bicycle past a banner advertising the upcoming 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) in Hanoi, Vietnam, 25 April 2022. File photo. Luong Thai Linh, EPA-EFE.
Francine Padios of Philippines celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's SENI (artistic) Tunggal (single) finals of the Pencak Silat events at 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) in Hanoi, Vietnam, 11 May 2022.Luong Thai Linh, EPA-EFE.

(UPDATED) Team Philippines has won its first gold of the 31st Southeast Asian Games, ahead of the formal opening of the biennial event on Thursday.

Mary Francine Padios delivered the country's first gold on Wednesday morning in Hanoi, Vietnam after a victory in the women's seni (artistic) tunggal (single) event of pencak silat.

Padios edged Indonesia's Puspa Arum Sari in the final, 9,960 to 9,945. 

"The Palace congratulates Mary Francine Padios for bringing pride and glory to the country by winning the first gold medal for the Philippines in Pencak Silat Women’s Seni (Artistic) Tunggal single event in Vietnam," Acting Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Martin M. Andanar said after Padios' feat.

"Congratulations. We are proud of you," he added. "Good luck to the rest of our athletes in Team Philippines. Mabuhay ang atletang Pinoy sa Hanoi."

Earlier, George Baclagan seized bronze in the men's 90kg event in kurash, while Helen Aclopen Talongen won silver in the women's 48kg event.

The Philippine men's beach handball team also won silver, improving upon their bronze medal finish in 2019.

The Philippines added a bronze medal in pencak silat, courtesy of Jefferson Loon, James Mayagma, and Rick Ortega in the men's seni regu.

In rowing, the quartet of Joanie Delgaco, Amelyn Pagulayan, Josephine Mirelle Qua, and Kristine Paraon grabbed the bronze in the women's quadruple sculls.

They crossed the finish line in 7:28.879, behind host nation Vietnam (7:13.207) and Indonesia (7:23.614).

Tokyo Olympian Cris Nievarez and CJ Jasmin won silver in the men's lightweight double sculls, with a time of 7:05.585. They finished behind Indonesia (7:01.385), while Vietnam (7:08.605) took the bronze.