SEA Games: Track, field stars shine as Philippines surpasses 200-medal mark

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Posted at Dec 07 2019 08:10 PM | Updated as of Dec 08 2019 02:48 AM

Success in a wide range of sports — capped by sensational finishes in track and field — catapulted the Philippines' tally past the 200-medal mark on Saturday in the Southeast Asian Games.

Thanks to victories, too, in martial arts such as taekwondo and karate, and events happening from Tagaytay to Subic, the Filipinos notched the double-century to tighten their grip on the overall championship.

At the close of Saturday's events, the hosts have 89 gold, 67 silver and 65 bronze medals for a total of 221 medals, with Indonesia (50-49-58, 157 total) and Vietnam (45-50-64, 159 total) at Nos. 2 and 3 but well behind.

The Philippines' gold total is two away from equaling its output in the 1991 SEA Games, which the country hosted.

The Filipino rowers opened Day 7 with canoe-kayak victories, led by Hermie Macaranas (men’s canoe 200 meters).

Daniella Dela Pisa followed suit with a gold and two bronze medals in rhythmic gymnastics.

Three poomsae titles in taekwondo, the men's doubles championship in tennis, a strong finish in fencing, and another gold medal by skateboarder Margielyn Didal helped to balloon the day's harvest.

But the day's most buzzed-about wins were by pole-vaulter EJ Obiena and sprinter Kristina Knott, who won their respective events in record fashion.

Hermie Macaranas wins the men's 200 meters canoe gold in the SEA Games at Malawaan Park, Subic Bay on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Rodolfo Reyes Jr. bags the men's individual poomsae gold in SEA Games taekwondo at Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Jocel Lyn Ninobla bags the women’s individual poomsae gold in SEA Games taekwondo at Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Jeordan Dominguez reacts after winning the men’s freestyle individual poomsae gold in SEA Games taekwondo at Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Daniela Reggie de la Pisa performs in the women's hoop final in SEA Games rhythmic gymnastics at Rizal Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. She later won the gold. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

Chezka Centeno during the women's 10-ball singles final in SEA Games billiards at Manila Hotel Tent on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. She later won the gold. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

Margielyn Didal celebrates winning the women's street-skateboarding gold in Tagaytay City on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

EJ Obiena bags the men's pole-vault gold in the SEA Games at New Clark City in Capas town, Tarlac on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Kristina Knott wins the women's 200-meters gold in SEA Games track and field at New Clark City in Capas town, Tarlac on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

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