SINGAPORE- Maurice Sacho Ilustre distinguished himself as the most bemedalled Filipino athlete at the 9th ASEAN School Games after topping the boys 200m, butterfly for his fourth gold overall on Wednesday.
Ilustre, a Grade 12 student at De La Salle Zobel, clocked two minutes and 03.67 seconds in winning the event at the Singapore Sports School here.
The silver went to Rhys Jun Kai of Singapore (2:05.58), while the bronze was won by Zelmi Aryalingga Azel of Indonesia (2:06.01).
The star swimmer who swept all of his seven events in the Palarong Pambansa last May in San Jose de Buenavista in Antique, said his four- week training in the US was a big factor to his performance.
“Malaking tulong talaga yung training ko sa US para mag-improve ako (My training in the US really helped me to improve),” said Ilustre, who also won the gold in the boys 200m freestyle, boys 100m backstroke, and boys 100m butterfly.
The gold was the 13th overall for Team Philippines, which is logged in at sixth place in the medal tally. It also has eighth silver and 21 bronze medals.
Thailand has now overtaken Indonesia in the overall medal lead. The Thais have a total of 29-26-32 medals compare to the 25-33-29 of the Indons.
The host country is currently at third (24-27-27) followed by Vietnam (20-21-10).
PH Chef-De-Mission Rizalino Jose Rosales expressed satisfaction with the country’s performance for having eclipsed its best finish of 11 golds, 14 silvers, and 22 bronze medals set during the 2014 edition of the meet.
“Nag-deliver kasi ng medals lahat ng events. Kaya satisfied ako sa lahat ng performances ng mga teams (All of the events contributed medals that’s why I’m really satisfied with our performance),” Rosales said.
Meanwhile, Filipina-British tanker Bhay Maitland Newberry settled for the silver in the girls 50 meter backstroke with a time of 30.95.
The gold went to Indonesia’s Kemala Fathihia Sofie’s, who clocked 30.47, while Thailand’s Tepbud Sutatta (31.26) salvaged the bronze.
Meanwhile, the boys and girls volleyball teams settled for the bronze medals after losing to their Indonesian rivals on Wednesday at the Republic Polytechnic here.
Banking on jump serves, the towering Indons stamped their class over the hapless Filipino boys in straight sets, 25-15, 25-19, 25-23.
The Filipina spikes likewise suffered similar straight set loss to their Indon opponents, 18-25, 20-25, 25-16.