SEA Games: PH crushes Thailand for baseball gold

Ruben Hill
December 10, 2019

In Sunday's other team regu clash at the Subic gymnasium, around 80 kilometres (50 miles) northwest of Manila, Malaysia came from behind against Indonesia to secure the silver medal.

Women's singles champion, Rachel Arnold gave a head start for Malaysia by whipping Singapore's S. Sneha 11-5, 11-6 and 11-3, enroute to her second team event gold in the SEA Games.

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"I have counted. This is my sixth SEA Games, and [the gold] was my [SEA Games'] 12th medal. I see my run here as my last, but I don't know, it really depends on PASI [the Indonesian Athletics Association], though", Maria said after her win.

Later, Singapore swimmer Amanda Lim set a new personal best for the first time in around ten years, finishing the race in 25.06 seconds, ahead of Thailand's Jenjira Srisa-Ard (25.32 seconds) and Jasmine Alkhaldi (25.48 seconds) of the Philippines.

Thailand take on neighbours Vietnam in the final of the women's football in Manila on Sunday evening, and the first eSports medals at a multi-sport competition sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee will be awarded at the San Juan Arena in the capital.

"I feel extremely happy especially after what happened in the last SEA Games and also for the bronze in individual event this time. Made my first team when I was 14 years old, and here I am standing at 26 and still going for it", she signed off.

Philippines had reached the knockouts as Group A runners-up behind Myanmar, but lost 2-0 to defending champions Vietnam in the semifinal.

Earlier Filipino surfer Roger Casugay, who was hailed as a hero for saving a fellow competitor during a contest, won a gold medal, even beating the rival he rescued on his way to glory.

Later at the 20,000 capacity stadium at the Games' main hub in New Clark City, medals will be up for grabs in the women's javelin, long jump, pole vault and hammer, while the men will compete for high jump and shot put golds.

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