KUALA LUMPUR - The Philippines won five gold medals in its most productive day yet in the 2017 Southeast Asian Gameson Tuesday.
Gymnastics captured two gold medals courtesy of Reyland Capellan (men's floor exercise) and Kaitlin De Guzman (women's artistic uneven bar), while wushu won its first gold courtesy of Agatha Wong in the women's tajiquan event.
Fencer Brennan Wayne Louie claimed the gold medal in men's individual foil before Eric Cray capped the eventful day by becoming a three-time SEA Games champion in his favorite 400m hurdles event.
With the victories, the Philippines stayed in sixth place in the medal tally with eight gold, 11 silver, and 12 bronze medals.
Host Malaysia predictably lords it over the medal tally with a 35-27-18 count, followed by Singapore (19-18-17), Vietnam (13-9-15), Indonesia (10-12-20), and Thailand (9-14-20).
Cray would have made it six gols medals for the country for the day but he finished just .03 second behind Malaysia's Kairul Hafiz in the defense of his title in the 100-m dash, which was raced less than an hour after his 400m hurdles victory.
Nathaniel Perez advanced to the finals of the men's individual foil to set up an all-Filipino final before being defeated by Louie for the gold.
Ram Macaalay (men's kumite -60kg) and Rexor Tacay (men's kumite -67kg) bagged silver medals in karate while Hanniel Abella got the silver in the women's epee in fencing.
Karate also brought home two bronzes from OJ Delos Santos (men's individual kata) and Junna Tsukii (women's kumite -50kg).
Richard Gonzales finished third in men's singles of table tennis, as Harlene Raquin took the bronze in wome's epee.
Roxanne Ashley Yu produced swimming's first medal in this Games, a bronze in the women's 200m backstroke, as Evalyn Palabrica annexed the bronze in the women's javelin throw.