PHL takes early lead in SEA Games with 23 gold medals; PHL dancesport athletes dominate with 10 golds

Athletes and officials from the Philippines march during the opening ceremony of the SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games) at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan province, north of Manila on November 30, 2019. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)


(Eagle News) – The Philippines took the lead on Day 1 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) with 23 golds, 12 silvers and nine bronze medals for a total medal haul of 44.

It was a rousing start for the host country which is facing the threat of a typhoon (Kammuri) affecting the games’ venues this week.

Dancesport dominated the Philippines gold medal haul, winning the top spot in 10 events. This is followed by arnis where Filipino athletes got five gold medals, and sepak takraw and triathlon where Team Philippines got two gold medals each.

Philippines Sean Mischa Aranar (L) and Ana Leonila Nualla (R) perform during the dancesport event in the SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games) in Clark, Capas town, Tarlac province north of Manila on December 1, 2019. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

The host country won gold medals in the following sports (refresh for updates):
1. men’s triathlon event, John Chicano
2. women’s wushu, Agatha Wong
3. women’s triathlon, Kim Mangrobang
4. dancesport – single dance waltz, Mark Jayson Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen
5. dancesport – single dance tango, Sean Mischa Aranar and Ana Leonila Nualla
6. dancesport – single slow foxtrot, Mark Jayson Gayon and Marj Joy Renigen
7. dancesport – single dance Viennese waltz, Sean Mischa Aranar and Ana Leonila Nualla
8. arnis – full combat live stick, Dexler Bolamba
9. sepak takraw – women’s hoop event
10. sepak takraw – men’s hoop event
11. men’s arnis – featherweight full combat livestick, Niño Mark Talledo
12. men’s arnis, men’s lightweight live stick match, Villardo Canumay
13. men’s arnis – live stick Welterweight, Mike Bañares
14. men’s gymnastics – Individual All-Around, Carlos Yulo
15. dancesport – Open Latin, Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo
16. dancesport – Paso Doble, Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo
17. dancesport – Salsa, Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Marie Cañeda
18. dancesport – Chachacha, Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Marie Cañeda
19. dancesport – Rumba, Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Marie Cañeda
20. dancesport – Open Standard, Sean Aranar and Ana Nualla
21. chess – Individual Online, Jan Emmanuel Garcia
22. kurash, women’s 63kg, Estie Gay Liwanen
23. arnis – women’s live stick, bantamweight, Jezebel Morcillo

The SEA Games website, however, reflected only 22 golds for Philippines.

Courtesy 2019 SEA Games website

Vietnam followed the Philippines in the medal tally with 10 golds, 13 silvers, and 9 bronze medals.

Next is Thailand with five golds, four silvers and 10 bronze medals.

Malaysia closely follows with four golds, two silvers and two bronze medals.

Next is Singapore with three golds, three silvers and five bronze medals; Indonesia with one gold, four silvers and five bronze medals; Cambodia with three silvers and six bronze medals; Myanmar with two silvers and eight bronze medals; Brunei Darussalam with two silvers and one bronze medal; and Laos with two bronze medals.