‘Almost there’

Courtesy of ABS-CBN

MANILA, Philippines – The Nationals are almost there and the country’s dream at eclipsing its 1991 and 2005 gold medal haul are right on track.

Just believe in them, dream with them and survive with all our bets out there.

Another successful day in various sports — capped by sensational finishes in track and field — shoved Team PH past the 200-medal mark late Saturday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

Victories in martial arts such as taekwondo and karate, and events in Tagaytay to Subic, were enough to allow the Nationals to breach the double-century mark that put them ahead of the pack in the biennial meet.

But yes, they are poised to snaring the overall championship honors.

Host Philippines ended the day Saturday with 89 gold, 67 silver and 65 bronze medals for a total of 221 medals haul followed by Indonesia (50-49-58, 157 total) and Vietnam (45-50-64, 159 total).

The gold medal total for the Philippines is two golds away from equaling its output in the 1991 SEA Games, which the country also hosted, and 24 golds adrift from the latest one in 2005 of 113 golds.

A win in men’s basketball assures PH 12 sterling gold medals and the remaining 12 could come from elsewhere which seems doable as the 30th edition is still four days to go. (IAMIGO/CNS)




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