MANILA, Philippines – With the 2005 113 gold medal record now history, Team Philippines is poised to jack it up further what with 10 of PH’s boxing team all vying for gold medals of this writing Monday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Aside from boxing, the host country’s men’s volleyball team and Gilas Pilipinas are also expected to slam home the proverbial bacon in the next few remaining days of the Games.
Olympians Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez together with Irish Magno, Riza Pasuit, and James Palicte, won their semifinals matches to join three others who had earlier made the gold medal match of the boxing competitions at the PICC Forum.
Ladon outclassed Hamid Mohamed Hanurdeen of Singapore, 4-1, in the men’s light-flyweight class while Suarez, making a return stint with the national team, whipped Dat Thanh of Vietnam, 5-0, in the lightweight division.
Meanwhile, Palicte beat his Thai opponent Atichai Phoemsap, 5-0, in the men’s light-welterweight division.
On the distaff side, Magno scored a 4-1 win over Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand in the women’s light-flyweight, even as Pasuit turned back Huswatun Hasanah of Indonesia, 4-1, in the men’s lightweight category.
Former world champion Josie Gabuco (women’s flyweight), Carlo Paalam (men’s light-flyweight), Eumir Felix Marcial (men’s middleweight), Marjon Pianar (men’s welterweight), and world champion Nesthy Petecio (women’s featherweight) already booked berths in the finals earlier.
Paalam will be the first to climb the ring during the final against Kornelis Kwangu Langu of Indonesia followed by Magno against Thi Tam Nguyen of Vietnam.
Ladon comes next against Ammarit Yaodam of Thailand, followed by Gabuco against Endang of Indonesia, Palicte opposite Van Hai Nguyen of Vietnam, Pianar against Sudaporn Seesondee, and Pasuit against Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand.
Petecio then goes up against Ni Oo Nwe of Myanmar and Marcial versus Manh Cuong Nguyen of Vietnam. (LO/IAMIGO/CNS)