Report card by numbers
Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) - December 13, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Here’s a rundown of how the Philippines performed at the recently-concluded Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. By any standards, the host country’s showing was incredible. The athletes delivered the golds to clinch overall honors. There were isolated glitches on the logistical side of operations at the start but by and large, the staging was successful. The opening and closing ceremonies were mind-blowing. PHISGOC, PSC and POC made sure the country wouldn’t be denied a historic place as one of the best hosts ever of the SEA Games.

The numbers:

1,080 – Filipino athletes who participated. There were 637 males in the contingent. The total would’ve been 1,081 but women’s breakdancing in dancesports was made a demonstration sport because only two countries registered entries.

25 – Filipino multiple gold medalists. The only triple gold medalists came from dancesports with Sean Aranar and Ana Nualla hitting paydirt in single dance tango, Viennese waltz and five dances and Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Marie Cañada in single dance samba, single dance chachacha and single dance rumba. Bagging a pair of golds each were Eric Cray and Kristina Knott in athletics, Jack Animam, Afril Bernardino, Clare Castro and Janine Pontejos in women’s 3x3 and 5x5 basketball, Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit in billiards, Mark Jayson Gayon, Mary Joy Renigen, Michael Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo in dancesports, Bianca Pagdanganan in golf, Caloy Yulo in gymnastics, Melcah Caballero in rowing, Marly Martir in shooting, Margie Didal in skateboarding, Noelle Manalac in soft tennis, John Chicano and Kim Mangrobang in triathlon and Agatha Wong in wushu.

44 – sports where the Philippines struck gold.

149 – gold medals harvested by the Philippines, the country’s most ever in SEA Games history.

56 – sports in the SEA Games calendar, the most ever since the Philippines joined the biennial event in 1977. However, the 529 gold medals at stake were not the most in history as Indonesia staged 545 events in 2011. It was also in 2011 when Indonesia welcomed 5,965 athletes to set a record of participation. This year, the Philippines hosted 5,864 athletes, falling short of eclipsing Indonesia’s record.

7 – host countries that took the overall championship in the last 10 SEA Games. The Philippines clinched the No. 1 spot only twice – when it hosted in 2005 and this year.

39 – gold medals the Philippines captured in 12 Category 3 sports. In the SEA Games, sports are classified under Category 1 (compulsory Olympics sports aquatics and athletics), Category 2 (Olympic and Asian Games sports) and Category 3 (other sports which may be indigenous or non-traditional but limited to 12). The Philippines won gold medals in nine of 12 Category 3 sports – arnis (16 of 20), e-sports (3 of 6), jiu-jitsu (5 of 11), kickboxing (3 of 8), kurash (1 of 10), lawn bowls/petanque (1 of 10), obstacle sports (6 of 6), sambo (2 of 7) and wakeboarding (2 of 5). The host nation failed to bag a gold medal in three Category 3 sports – floorball, netball and underwater hockey.

70 – gold medals the Philippines hauled in from 26 Olympic sports. That’s 47 percent of the Philippines’ total collection or nearly a half. Athletics contributed 11, taekwondo eight, boxing seven, skateboarding six, triathlon four, basketball four, cycling three, gymnastics three, judo three, rowing three, sailing three, shooting three, golf two, karate two, modern pentathlon two, weightlifting two, wrestling two, surfing two, fencing two, one each from aquatics, archery, baseball, canoe, rugby 7s, softball and tennis.

9 – sports where the Philippines pocketed at least five gold medals. They were arnis 16, athletics 11, dancesports 10, taekwondo eight, boxing seven, wushu seven, obstacle sports six, skateboarding six and jiu-jitsu five.

12 – sports where the Philippines failed to win gold. They were indoor hockey, underwater hockey, table tennis, volleyball, football, polo, netball, floorball, chess, bowling, beach handball and badminton.

It was a record-breaking performance by the Philippines not only in competition but in hosting the most-ever sports in SEA Games history.

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