Two gold medals in skateboarding, followed by a flurry of first-place finishes Thursday afternoon propelled the Philippines' total past the 60 gold-medal mark in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
There are only 2 other instances since the country joined the Games that it has at least reached that number — 1991 when the Filipinos bagged 91, and in 2005 when they captured the overall title with 112.
On both occasions, the Philippines was the host.
After cyclist Jermyn Prado (men's individual time trial) and pencak silat practitioner Edmar Tacuel (men's seni tunggal, singles) won their respective events, the hosts' gold machine ground to halt.
Then skateboarders Margielyn Didal and Daniel Ledermann's victories in game-of-skate opened a floodgate of victories.
Kiyomi Watanabe and Shugen Nakano followed with gold in judo, and Mark Striegl and Chino Sy did the same in sambo, as did fencer Jylyn Nicanor.
At the end of Day 4, the hosts totaled 63 gold medals and 140 overall, more than twice the gold output of Vietnam, which has 31 gold and 107 total medals.
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