SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – Filipino Sepak takraw started off on the right foot, winning a pair of gold medals in the hoop event as competitions kicked off at the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Sunday at Subic Gym here.
With game coach Deseree Autor in the lead, the women’s team overpowered Indonesia, 670-660, and needed an extra lift from Myanmar later to secure the victory, historically the country’s first in the ‘event.
Myanmar was in demolition mode throughout, but fell 30 points from the Philippine team’s exit with a 640-420 victory over Laos for the bronze medal in the 30-minute category.
Metodio Suico Jr. and Jason Huerte made it a double gold when they led the men’s hoop event with John John Bobier, Emmanuel Escote and John Jeffrey Morcillos.
The Philippine men’s team toppled Cambodia, 670-450, in the final while Laos settled for the bronze medal with 430 points.
Abigail Sinogbohan and Josefina Maat joined Mary Ann Lopez, Sara Jean Kalalo, Jean Marie Sucalit and Autor in the awards ceremony that hinted at good things to come as they aimed to win at least three gold medals out of six events.
After a fifth place in the 2017 edition of Kuala Lumpur, the women’s team will attempt a gold double in the regular event from Monday when the Philippines finished with a bronze medal two years ago.
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