JOSEPHINE Medina delivered again as the Philippines finished with 20 gold medals for fifth place in the Asean Para Games on Sunday at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Malaysia.
The 47- year-old Medina, bronze medalist in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, defeated Suwarti of Indonesia, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9.
The Philippines also had 20 silver and 29 bronze medals. Two years ago in Singapore, the Philippines had a 16-17-26 haul for seventh place.
Indonesia topped the meet with a 126-75-50 gold-silver-bronze haul, while Malaysia was second at 90-85-84 followed by Thailand at 68-73-94 and Vietnam with 40-61-60.
Athletics had nine gold medals with, teenage sprinter Cielo Honasan and wheelchair-bound thrower Cendy Asusano each winning three events.
Chess also had a triple gold winner in Fide Master Sander Severino, fell short of its seven-gold target but still wound up as the country’s second best performing sport with a 4-3-6 haul.
Swimming, behind Ernie Gawilan’s twin triumphs, had three gold, three silver and five bronze medals.
Cyclist Arthus Bucay, bowler Christopher Yue and powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta also won gold.