Track and field coach Sean Guevara predicted yesterday that the Philippines will double its gold medal output in athletics, from five gold medals to 10, in the coming Southeast Asian Games.
“Kayang doblehin,” said coach Sean Guevara yesterday while overseeing several athletes training at the Philsports Complex (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig City. “Tingin namin kaya ma-abot ang 10 gold medals.”
“Kasi yung mga nag-gold na in the last SEA Games malamang na makasama naman uli sila sa national team based sa criteria na nilabas ng officials natin. Nag-improve na din naman yung mga nag-silver and bronze natin na malaki na ang chance for the gold medal this time,” he added.
MANILA, Philippines - Malaysian officials yesterday gave the assurance that things will fall into place in time for their hosting of the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in August.
Nik Abdul Kadir Mohammad, deputy secretary-general of the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sport, also said they’re on track toward reclaiming the overall title in the SEA Games.
“We are focusing on all sports because we want to be champion,” he said during a press conference that preceded the “Rising Together Baton Run” at the CCP Complex.
MANILA, Philippines – Mere moments after securing his second consecutive LBC Ronda Pilipinas crown, Jan Paul Morales set his sights at winning a medal in the 29th Southeast Asian Games slated for August 19-31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
"If they still want me, I will be ready," said the 31-year-old Morales, who dominated the 2017 edition of the Ronda that concluded on Saturday in Iloilo City.
"I think I still have it in me to compete in the SEA Games," he added.
Pole vaulter EJ Obiena said he’s not hurting but he can still vividly remember his failed gold-medal campaign in the 2015 SEA Games that he intends to make amends in the coming Kuala Lumpur Games this August.
Installed as heavy favorite to win the gold medal having a world class mentor in Ukrainian Vitaly Petrov, Obiena left the charming island of Singapore fully disappointed as he settled for a silver medal.
He did clear the 5.25-meter barrier – a personal best – but Thai Porranot Purahong proved much better, hurdling the 5.30m to snatch the gold medal.
Just by looking at the medal tally in the boxing competition of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, it’s not difficult to discern why Malaysian organizers aren’t fond of the combat sport that most Filipinos love.
Out of the 11 weight divisions and 44 medals at stake in boxing, Malaysia was the only country which didn’t manage to pluck a single medal.
As a result, the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 19 to 31 has ditched women’s boxing and men’s weight classes lightweight (60kg) and welterweight (69kg)—categories that Filipinos usually dominate.
They endure conditions that are far from ideal, training in overcrowded facilities like the Philsports Stadium where they share the beat-up rubberized oval with recreational runners and fitness buffs.
But there should be no excuses for the country’s top track and field athletes, who are expected to be given the best training possible from now until August, when the Southeast Asian Games goes full swing in Kuala Lumpur. There, they will try to recapture the magic of the country’s proud past in a sport that has produced numerous heroes.
Philippine athletics is gearing up for a banner year with a target of 11 gold medals in the SEA Games. It’s a daunting task with traditional powerhouses Thailand and Vietnam also raring to make their mark and host Malaysia going all-out for the overall crown at home.
The Philippine women’s cycling suffered a blow in its medal bid in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Kuala Lumpur after the individual time trial event was scrapped in this edition’s calendar.
Also scrapped were several events in boxing where the country hopes to score big.
Women’s team coach Cesar Lobramonte said the decision of the organizers to eliminate the events was a setback as it was the same event where Marella Salamat won the gold at the 2015 Singapore edition.6_sea