Chessers the biggest achievers as Philippine contingent hauls 16 golds from Asean Para Games
The Philippine wheelchair basketball team took home two bronze medals from the Asean Para Games in Singapore. Photo from Asean Para Games 2015 Facebook page

THE Philippines hauled 16 gold, 17 silver, and 26 bronze medals to finish in seventh place overall at the end of the 8th Asean Para Games in Singapore.

The chess team collected six golds for the Philippines in the biennial meet for differently-abled athletes. Junnie Menandro led the way with four gold medals, winning the men’s individual rapid B2/B3 and individual standard B2/B3 events then teaming up with Arman Subaste and Israel Peligro to take home the gold in the men’s team rapid B2/B3, and men’s team standard B2/B3 competitions.

Sander Severino also claimed gold in the men’s individual rapid P1 chess and the men’s team rapid P1 with Henry Lopez and James Esto.

Athletics claimed five gold medals behind Jerrold Pete Mangliwan and Prudencio Panaligan, who ruled two sprint events each in the 100m T52 and 200m T52, and Joel Balatucan who topped the men’s shotput F53/54/55.

Ernie Gawilan scooped two golds in swimming in the 200m individual medley SM8 and 400m freestyle S8 in record time while Gary Begino also claimed the team’s third mint at the pool in the men’s 400m freestyle S7.

Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta ruled the women’s +86kg category in powerlifting while Josephine Medina topped the women’s singles class 7-8 in table tennis.

Thailand took the overall crown with a 95-76-79 gold-silver-bronze medal tally while Indonesia finished second with 81-74-63. Malaysia (52-58-37), Vietnam (48-58-50), Singapore (24-17-22), and Myanmar (16-17-29) all finished ahead of the Philippines.

Brunei (3-3-6), Cambodia (1-2-6), and Laos (0-2-3) round out the rankings in the week-long event held from December 3 to 9.

There were also silvers and bronzes for the Philippine team in athletics, chess, sailing, swimming, table tennis, and tenpin bowling. The wheelchair basketball squad also came home with two bronzes.

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