SINGAPORE – Shooting was the only one on target for Team Philippines on Monday in the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
Elvie Baldivino won the country’s lone gold for the day by ruling the women’s precision pistol event over hometown bet Norizan Mustafa.
The 34-year-old Filipina, a special operations expert of the Philippine Navy, won the gold by outshooting Mustafa, 230-228.
But Baldivino proved to be the only bright spot for the Filipino contingent a day after scooping a total of five gold medals.
The result had Team Philippines failing to dislodge Myanmar from sixth place as it remained entrenched a notch below at seventh with a total of seven gold, 12 silver, and 23 bronze medals, as of posting time.
Myanmar had a 9-13-16 gold-silver-bronze haul in the medal tally, which the host country continues to pace.
The Filipinos settled for the silver and bronze medals in other fronts.
Baldivino along with Carmelita Guillermo and Franchette Shayne Quiros bagged the silver in the women’s precision pistol team event even as Daniel Parantac (men’s optional taijiquan) and Francisco Solis (men’s sanda 60kg) also settled for second place in their respective events in wushu.
Legendary Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes only got a bronze medal this time, together with Francisco Dela Cruz in the men’s one-cushion carom, while fellow pool player Michael Mengorio also won the same medal color in the snooker singles.
Clemente Tabugara captured the bronze in the men’s sanda -65kg, Treat Huey, Ruben Gonzales, Francis Casey Alcantara, and Jeson Patrombon went home with the bronze medal in the men’s team event of tennis after losing to Indonesia in the semifinals.
Featherweight Riza Pasuit and welterweight Wilfredo Lopez won a bronze each in boxing, ditto with Jasmine Alkhaldi (women’s 100m freestyle) and Jessie Khing Lacuna (men’s 200m butterfly) in swimming.
But billiards, tennis, and boxing are likely to deliver gold medals for Team Philippines on Tuesday after Filipino bets made the finals of their respective events.
Rubilen Amit and Chezka Centeno arranged an all-Pinay final in the women’s 9-ball singles after dispoing of their respective semifinal opponents, assuring a 1-2 finish for the country in the event.
Also reaching the gold medal match was the trio of Katharina Lehnert, Denise Dy, and Anna Clarice Patrimonio in the women’s team event of tennis after beating Indonesia in the semis, 2-1.
Boxing meanwhile, sent seven pugs in the finals led by flyweight Ian Clark Bautista (second round knockout) and bantamweight Mario Fernandez (first round technical knockout) as the two won their respective bouts in impressive fashion.
The two join fellow men’s team members Rogen Ladon (lightweight) and Eumir Marcial (welterweight) who remained on track to winning a gold.
Light flyweight Josie Gabuco, flyweight Irish Magno, and bantamweight Nesthy Petecio also made it to the championship round in the distaff side.
The boxing finals is set on Wednesday.
Gold medal favorites Eric Cray and Caleb Stuart meanwhile see action on Wednesday at the start of the athletic events.