THE Philippines had an eight-gold haul on Wednesday to rise to fifth spot in the Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur.
With three gold medals in chess, two in swimming, two in athletics and one in cycling, the Filipnos improved to 11 gold medals, 12 silvers and 11 bronze, rising from seventh to fifth.
Indonesia led the standings a 57-39-28 (gold-silver-bronze) collection while host Malaysia was at No. 2 with a 48-41-35 haul.
Fide Masters Sander Severino bagged the individual gold in standard play of the physically impaired with 5.5 points and the team wound up taking first place after a tiebreak.
Henry Lopez scored 3.5 as the Philippines matched the Indonesians' nine-point total.
The Philippines wound up on top due to Severino’s highest individual score.
Philippine flag-bearer Menandro Redor, Arman and Israel Peligro combined for 9.5 points to claim the team gold in the B2/B3 class.
At the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Cielo Honasan topped the 100-meter dash, clocking 13.96 to complete a sprint double topping the 200m on Monday.
Honasan, a 15-year-old polio victim, will go for a sprint treble as she competes in the 400m on Thursday.
Prudencia Panaligan also won gold in the 100m for T52/53/54 with a clocking of 18.32, edging Thailand’s Chainet Srithong (18.67) and Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Xuan Anh (18.78).
Ernie Gawilan seized the 400m freestyle gold for S8 and went for another one in 100m butterfly but ended up settling for a silver.
Gawilan clocked 4:57.49, beating Vietnam’s Dag Van Cong (5:56.09) and Thailand’s Phiphatphong Sianglam (5:59.94). Malaysia’s Tien Yu James Wong was too strong in the 100m fly, however, winning in 1:12.94 while Gawilan checked in at 1:19.86.
Gary Bejino won the 400m freestyle for S7 in 5:33.81, almost half a minute ahead of Kaweewat Sittichaiphonniti (6:02.26).
At the Dataran Putrajaya track, Arthus Bucay bagged cycling’s first gold by topping the men’s individual time trial for C5 with a time of 17:44.186, besting Malaysia’s Zuhairie Bin Ahmad Tarmzi (19:11.953) and Indonesia’s Sufyan Saori (19:38.150).