Team PH adds three more golds to haul in Asean Para Games | Inquirer Sports

Team PH adds three more golds to haul in Asean Para Games

/ 04:10 AM June 06, 2023

Cendy Asusano celebrates after winning the javelin gold. —TEAM PHILIPPINES PHOTO

Cendy Asusano celebrates after winning the javelin gold. —TEAM PHILIPPINES PHOTO

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA—Gary Bejino came up with another record-breaking performance to highlight a three-gold haul for Team Philippines on Monday at the 12th Asean Para Games here.

Bejino clocked 2:38.55 to erase the old mark of 2:45.99 set by Myanmar’s Aung Myint Myat last year in Indonesia five years ago in the final of the men’s 200-meter freestyle S6 event at Morodok Techo National Stadium’s Aquatics Center.


Channi Wongnonthaphum of Thailand took the silver medal in 2:53.10 while Thanh Hai Do of Vietnam settled for the bronze medal in 2:54.23.


“It’s my first time to compete in the 200m freestyle event and I’m happy that I won the gold,” said the 27-year-old native of Albay province.

Bejino, who delivered the country’s first gold medal after claiming victory in the 400m freestyle last Sunday, has four more events—three individual and one relay (4×100 medley).

“I think that I have a good chance. I will do my best,” said Bejino, who won three medals at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.

Bejino Gary Adornado of the philippine win 1st Gold medal of events Men 400m freestyle S6 at aquatic center 12th ASEAN Para Games Phnom Penh Cambodia on June 4 2023

Swimmer Gary Bejino. –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Ariel Joseph Alegarbes also won the men’s 50m butterfly S14 in 26.69 seconds, beating Malaysians Bryan Lau Sze Kai (27.060) and Muhammad Imaan Aiman (27.530).

It was the second medal for Alegarbes, the Philippine delegation’s flag-bearer during the opening ceremony parade, after winning the silver in the 100m breaststroke on Sunday.

Ernie Gawilan (men’s 100m backstroke S7) and Edwin Villanueva (men’s 50m breaststroke SB7) finished third.


In athletics, Cendy Asusano registered 13.74 meters in the women’s javelin throw F54 event to collect her second gold medal.

Her compatriot, Marites Burce, got the silver medal in 11.96m while Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Ngoc Thuy won the bronze (11.56).

The other silver medalists in athletics were King James Reyes (men’s 1500m T46), Jolan Camacho (men’s long jump) and Jesebel Arevalo (women’s javelin throw F55).

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At press time, the Philippines has 11 golds, 17 silvers and 15 bronze medals.


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