Philippine’s First Gold Medal in Hanoi SEA Games 2022

Philippines garnered its first gold medal during the Southeast Asian Games (SEA games) in Hanoi last May 11, 2022. Mary Francine Padios competed in the seni tunggal event of the women’s pencak silat. The Philippines is ranked top 4 in the overall medal tally with 1 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze (as of May 12, 2022).

Hanoi SEA Games 2022

The Southeast Asian Games started last Wednesday, May 12, 2022 and is scheduled to end on May 23, 2022. This year’s SEA Games will feature 40 sports across 526 events and relies on the participation of more than 5,400 athletes from 11 different countries.

Gold Medal for Philippine Athlete

Mary Francine Padios is a native of Kalibo, Aklan. With a score of 9.960 points, she defeated the defending champion of Indonesia, Puspa Arum Sari, who scored 9945 points. Padios’ father has been a big inspiration. He then fell into a coma after figuring in a car accident on the way to Aklan just before Christmas last year.

He has been motivating me ever since,” said Padios.

The Philippine kurash team also came up big on Wednesday and churned out six medals: three silvers and three bronzes. Helen Aclopen (women’s -48kg), Charmea Quelino (women’s -52kg), and Sydney Sy (women’s +87kg) all netted silver, while George Baclagan (men’s 90kg), Renzo Cazeñas (men’s 81kg), and Al Llamas (men’s -60kg) clinched a bronze each.

Olympic rower Cris Nievarez added a silver to the Philippines’ medal tally as he and partner CJ Jasmin placed second in the men’s double sculls. Philippines’ other two bronze medals came from pencak silat courtesy of Jefferson Rhey Loon, James El Mayagma, and Rick Rod Ortega (men’s seni regu) and rowing courtesy of Joanie Delgaco, Amelyn Pagulayan, Josephine Qua, Kristine Paraon (women’s quadruple sculls).

A day before the SEA Games formally open on Tuesday, the Philippines now has 1 gold, 5 silvers, and, 5 bronzes as the men’s beach handball team finished behind champion Vietnam on Tuesday.

Southeast Asian Games 2022 – Schedule of Activities / Sports

Men’s football May 6-22
Women’s football May 11-21
Diving 8-11 May
Badminton May 13-21
Basketball May 13-22
Indoor volleyball May 13-22
Beach volleyball May 15-20
Golf May 13-18
Fencing May 13-18
E-sports May 13-22
Tennis May 13-22
Table Tennis May 13-20
Beach handball May 6-11
Indoor handball May 15-21
Sepak Takraw May 13-21
Boxing and kickboxing
Boxing May 15-22
Kickboxing May 6-13
Muay Thai May 17-22
Artistic gymnastics May 13-16
Rhythmic gymnastics May 18-19
Aerobic gymnastics May 21-22
Mountain bike May 14-17
Road cycling May 19-22
Rowing May 9-14
Futsal May 10-20
Chess May 10-21
Chinese chess May 14-20
Judo May 18-22
Martial arts
Jujitsu May 14-15
Karate May 18-20
Pencak Silat May 10-16
Vovinam May 18-22
Wushu May 13-15
Petanque May 13-19
Bodybuilding May 13-15
Kurash May 10-13
Dance May 15-16
Billards/Snooker May 14-22
Archery May 15-19
Bowling May 16-19
Canoe/Kayak May 17-21
Shooting May 16-22
Weightlifting May 19-22

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