JUNE 9 (Eagle News) — Malacanang saluted Filipino athletes competing in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, and congratulated a triathlete who won the country’s first gold medal in the ongoing SEA games.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., in a radio interview, said the President congratulated all Filipino athletes who won medals for the country, and made special mention of triathlete Ma. Claire Adorna for winning the first gold medal for the Philippines.
“Sa kabila ng kanyang injury, nagtagumpay ang 21-anyos na si Binibining Adorna, at pumangalawa sa kanya ang kanyang teammate na si Kim Mangrobang, na nakuha ang pilak na medalya para sa 1-2 finish ng pangkat Pilipinas,” said Coloma.
The second gold medal is courtesy of another triathlete, Nikko Huelgas.
“Lubos din ang ating pagbati sa iba pang atletang Pilipino nagkamit na ng medalya sa iba’t ibang palaro tulad ng fencing, table tennis, Wushu, canoeing, Judo, shooting, at traditional boat race,” said Coloma.
As of Tuesday 2 a.m. , the Philippines was at 7th place among the ASEAN countries as the country garnered nine seven medals, 12 silvers and 23 bronzes.
At first place is still Singapore with 41 gold medals, 27 silver and 47 bronze medals, or 115 medals in all.
“Sa pagpapatuloy ng mga kompetisyon, umaasa tayo na mahihigitan ng Pilipinas ang nakamit nitong dalawampu’t siyam na ginto, tatlumpu’t apat na pilak at tatlumpu’t pitong tansong medalya noong ika-27 Southeast Asian Games sa Myanmar,” said Coloma. (with a report from PND)