The Philippine Chess team added three more gold medals to the country’s medal haul at the 2018 Asian Para-Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Sander Severino topped the men’s individual standard P1 event, and his victory allowed his team that includes Jasper Rom and Henry Roger Lopez to seize the gold medal of the men’s team standard P1 event.
Another three-man team of Filipino chess masters composed of Redor Menandro, Arman Subaste and Israel Peligro also grabbed the top spot in the men’s team standard VI – B2/B3 event.
Aside from the gold medals, Menandro also won the silver medal in the men’s individual standard VI – B2/B3 event, while Rom and Subaste each settled for a bronze medal in the men’s individual standard P1 and men’s individual standard VI – B2/B3 events respectively.
Meanwhile, Ernie Gawilan of Davao has won his second gold medal in the ongoing multi-sports event.
Gawilan shares the top spot of the men’s 100 meter backstroke S7 alongside Daisuke Ejima of Japan after both swimmers finished the race within 1:19.90.
The Filipino athlete born without legs and an incomplete arm gave the country its first gold medal in the tournament after outracing other swimmers during the men’s 200m individual medley SM7.
Currently, the Philippines has a total of 18 medals: six gold medals, six silver medals, and six bronze medals in the tournament and ranks 11th among the 43 delegations competing.