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    PH Speed Skating team unable to keep up with SEA Games foes to miss out on medal

    Dec 3, 2019
    Siblings Marc and Kayla Gonzales are still all smiles after getting the chance to represent the country.
    PHOTO: christian jacinto

    MEDALS were elusive for the Philippine Speed Skating Team, falling out of the podium in both divisions of the 500-Meter Short Track Speed on a rainy Tuesday afternoon at the SM Megamall Ice Skating Rink.

    Thailand’s Natthapat Kancharin snagged gold in the men’s division, clocking in with a time of 43.763 seconds to narrowly edge Steaveanus Whardja of Indonesia who finished with 44.604 seconds. Kancharin’s compatriot Triphop Thongngam snagged bronze with a time of 51.810.

    The Philippines’ Marc Gonzales finished sixth after clocking at the 44.327 mark while Kyle Macaraeg wasn’t so lucky, crashing in the final 110 meters to finish with a time of 59.504.

    Over at the women’s division, Singapore’s Cheyenne Goh took home the gold medal by clocking in at 46.421 - a full second ahead Malaysia’s Dione Tan Dione which finished with a time of 47.594.

    Anja Chong of Malaysia completed the podium, with a time of 47.657.

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    Kayla Gonzales, the lone representative of the country in the event, finished sixth with a time of 51.888.

    The ladies relay team also suffered the same fate as their counterpart from the singles event, falling out of a podium finish in the final event of the day.

    The team composed of Kayla Gonzales, Anna Cruz, Xsandrie Guimba and Kathryn Magno finished fourt in the team competition with a time of five minutes and 26.058 seconds.

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    Malaysia was head and shoulders above everyone as they clocked in at 4:53.235, more than 10 minutes ahead of the silver medalists in Indonesia which logged in a time of 5:03.758.

    Singapore rounded up the podium, with a time of 5:12.447.

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    Siblings Marc and Kayla Gonzales are still all smiles after getting the chance to represent the country.
    PHOTO: christian jacinto
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