CAPAS, Tarlac—Clinton Bautista booked the Philippines' second gold medal of the day at New Clark City's Athletic Stadium here, as he emerged victorious in the men's 110-meter hurdles on Monday.
Bautista took the title over Malaysia's Sofian Rayzam Wan in a photo finish after both clocked identical 13.97 seconds. In the review, Bautista's head narrowly crossed the line first for the dramatic win.
Wan settled for silver while Anousone Xaysa of Laos took the bronze (13.99).
Bautista acknowledged he was surprised with the victory as he suffered a knee injury before the SEA Games. It was his first time to clock under 14 seconds.
"Nagpahinga ako ng almost three weeks para maka-recover kasi mahalaga ito para maka-contribute rin sa Pilipinas," he said.
The Tarlac native said he and his coach had aimed to run less than 14 seconds.
"Hindi kasi ako nag-expect, pero may aim kami ng coach ko. Target namin talaga 13 seconds. ‘Yun ‘yung personal best ko. First time ko talaga na maka-hit ng 13 seconds," Bautista said.
He said tried to strengthen his leg so he could still move and keep pace with the field.
"Focused lang talaga sa mga hurdles. Wala akong pakialam sa paligid ko. Mga hurdles lang talaga," he said.
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