Surprising Myanmar cops two golds in sepak takraw to emerge top SEA country so far in Asian Games
Myanmar’s men’s doubles in sepak takraw provided one of two gold medals the country won Monday, making it the top Southeast Asian nation so  far in the 17th Asian Games. AP

INCHEON, South Korea - Myanmar won two gold medals in sepak takraw to emerge as the top Southeast Asian country so far in the third day of competitions in the 17th Asian Games here.

Last year’s SEA Games host delivered in the men’s and women’s doubles event, landing the Burmese seventh overall in the medal tally so far.

Vietnam and Malaysia are the other SEA Games countries which have won a gold, each accounting for one.

So far, the Philippines is already assured of two bronze medals in wushu courtesy of Francisco Solis (-56 kg. sanda) and Jean Claude Saclag (-60 kg. sanda) after hurdling their respective opponents in the quarterinfals Monday.

In other results, Nathaniel Perez lost to Almansoori Majed Sultan Ali of United Arab Emirates, 15-11, in the men’s foil event in fencing that booted the Filipino out of the medal podium.

Perez is competing in his first Asiad after being named the 2013 Athlete of the Year of University of the East following his 21st place finish in the Asian Championship.

Perez earlier won four out of five matches in the preliminaries to gain a slot in the knockout stage.

Wilfred Richard Curioso also lost to Chen Haiwei of China, 15-5, in the round-of-16.

Benjamin Tolentino, a 2000 Sydney Olympian, didn’t make it to the finals of the lightweight men’s sculls after placing fourth in the repechage.

Jasmine Alkhaldi placed third in Heat 3 of the women’s 100m freestyle with a clocking of 56.92 seconds, but not enough to make it to the top eight.

Gilas Pilipinas will provide the highlight of Tuesday’s action, although action in archery and bowling will also begin with top gold medal bet Biboy Rivera defending his men’s singles gold.

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