THE Philippines placed sixth in the 7th Asean Paragames recently in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, one spot below its finish in the Indonesia meet two years ago.
The Filipino differently-abled athletes won 20 golds, 19 silvers, and 21 bronzes to finish behind overall champion Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and host Myanmar in the event held from January 14 to 20.
The Philippine team dropped one place after finishing fifth in the 2011 Asean Paragames in Indonesia after capturing 23 golds, 23 silvers, and 18 bronzes.
Marites Burce (women’s javelin throw F54, shotput F54) and Jeanette Acebeda (women’s shotput F11, discus throw F11) each won two out of the seven gold medals the Philippines won in athletics. Also taking home gold in track and field are Prudencia Panaligan (women’s 100m T54), Sixto Ducay (men’s 800m T37), and Isidro Vidosola (men’s 500m T46).
Gold medal winners in chess are Sander Severino (men’s PD standard single), Redor Menandro (men’s B2+B3 rapid), Henry Roger Lopez (men’s PD rapid), and the men’s PD standard, men’s B2+B3 rapid, and men’s PD rapid squads.
Ernie Cawilan took home two golds in swimming in the 200m FS-S8 and 200m IM-S8 events as Daniel Damaso (men’s 100m FS-S12) and Arnel Aba (men’s 200m IM-S9) also topped their respective events.
Josephine Medina and Isalas Sereno ruled the women’s TT8 and men’s 6-10 singles events in table tennis, while Achelle Guion was the lone Filipino gold medalist in powerlifting.
Indonesia won 99 gold medals to emerge as the overall champion, three more than second placer Thailand. Malaysia had 50, Vietnam 34, and Myanmar 34.