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    Philippines at fourth in SEA Games medal tally heading into opening rites

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    Francine Padios Cris Nievarez Gretel Cordero
    Francine Padios, Cris Nievarez, and Gretel Cordero occupied the SEA Games headlines on Wednesday.

    HANOI – On the eve of the opening ceremonies of the 31st Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines got its first gold of this year’s biennial meet courtesy of pencak silat to take fourth place in the medal tally.

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    Francine Padios bagged the gold medal, with silvers by the Philippine men’s beach handball team, Sydney Tanconcian and Helen Aclopen of kurash and Olympian Cris Nievarez and CJ Jasmin of rowing also adding to the tally of the Philippines, which is now at fourth place in the medal tally with a 1-4-4 gold-silver-bronze tally.

    The medals come heading into the opening ceremony to be held at the My Dinh National Stadium on Thursday night with pole vaulter EJ Obiena set to carry the Philippine flag in the parade of nations.

    Vietnam is in first place with 10 golds, seven silvers, and nine bronzes, followed by Malaysia (8-2-6) and Indonesia (3-4-0) after the early events before the opening ceremony.

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    Padios dethroned Puspa Arum Sari of Indonesia for the gold by registering 9,960 points in the women’s seni (artistic) tunggal singles event final on Wednesday morning.

    Aclopen bowed to To Thi Trang of Vietnam in the women’s 48 kilogram final while Tanconcian lost to Aye Aye Yung of Myanmar, 1-0, in the finals of the women’s +87 kilogram class, but not after impressive efforts in the preliminaries.

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