VIENTIANE - Team UAAP-Philippines added four silvers and six bronzes to its medal tally on Sunday in the 16th Asean University Games here.
La Salle’s athletics standout Patrick Unso improved on his own national record in the men’s 110-meter hurdles and won a silver medal with a time of 14.49 seconds.
Unso, who lost to Malaysia Mohamad Rohaizad Jamil for the gold medal, surpassed his previous record of 14.58 which he did during the 2011 Southeast Asian Games final.
UAAP swimmers contributed two silver medals, as Green Archers’ ace tanker Johansen Aguilar finished second behind Indonesian bet Triady Fauzi Sidiq in the men’s 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:12.61.
Claire Adorna of reigning four-time women’s swimming titlist University of the Philippines also went home with a silver after placing second to Chan Kah Yan of Malaysia in the women’s 50m backstroke with a clocking of 31.17 seconds.
Another La Salle athlete, taekwondo jin Leigh Anne Nuguid, bowed to Samachaya Homjitr of Thailand, 1-6, in the women’s flyweight final to settle for the silver medal.
Easily surpassing its one-gold haul in Chang Mai in 2010, the UAAP taekwondo jins ended their three-day campaign with a 2-3-2 gold-silver-bronze tally.
Season 75 men’s taekwondo MVP Christian Al dela Cruz and his UST teammate Ernest John Mendoza earlier won gold medals for Team UAAP-Philippines, which is still in sixth place in the overall tally entering the halfway mark of the week-long competitions.
The PH student-athletes now have two golds, seven silvers and nine bronze medals to their name.
Other bronze medalists for Team UAAP-Philippines were taekwondo jin Julian Mickey Cordero of UP in the men’s finweight division, Aguilar in the men’s 400m individual medley and Adorna in the women’s 400m individual medley in swimming, as well as FEU’s Christopher Ulboc in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, UST’s Elbren Neri in the men’s 800m run, and UST’s Michelle Loterte in the women’s 110m hurdles in athletics.
Malaysia still holds the overall lead with a 30-23-28 gold-silver-bronze haul, followed by Vietnam (25-17-12), defending champion Thailand (17-23-20), host Laos (16-14-20), and Indonesia (12-18-34).