With two days of action remaining in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, hosts Philippines have earned 111 golds - just one short of their record haul.
Today saw the Philippines add another dozen medals to their overnight total, and the total of 112 they achieved at the 2005 edition in Manila looks sure to be surpassed before the Closing Ceremony on Wednesday (December 11)
The hosts now have a total of 284 medals and Steve Hontiveros, chair of the Philippine Olympic Committee, has already acclaimed them as overall winners in the Games.
"We got this," he told sports.inquirer,net.
"We are overall champions.
"Other countries don’t have much left to get gold medals from.
"This should give interest to the government and the private sector to support all the athletes in all the sports because they will realise their money won’t go to waste."
The medal success has been welcome for home officials following the troubled opening to the 30th SEA Games, where logistical and tramsport problems in the run-up to competition prompted the country’s President, Rodrigo Duterte, to call for an investigation.
But the first official bronze of Timor-Leste 🇹🇱 came in taekwondo when Amorin Imbrolia Araujo dos Reis settled for third in the women's under 57kg category. #WeWinAsOne #2019SEAGames pic.twitter.com/PQTiPycDYB— 30th South East Asian Games (@The2019SEAGames) December 8, 2019
indonesia are in second place, having won 65 golds in a total of 205 medals, and Vietnam, who have also won 65 golds and have a total of 202 medals.
East Timor remain in 11th and last place with three bronze medals won today, with the first coming in taekwondo by Amorin Imbrolia Araujo dos Reis in the women’s under-57 kilograms class.
Among the highest-profile home successes have been the men’s volleyball team, who today beat four-time defending champions Thailand 17-25, 25-20, 23-25, 27-25, 17-15 at the PhilSports Areana in Manila to earn their first gold-medal match in 42 years.
They are due set to contest the title with Indonesia on Tuesday (December 10).
An extra-time goal from Pham Hai Yen earned Vietnam the women’s football gold today as they beat Thailand 1-0 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
Vietnam’s men will attempt to complete a footballing double on Tuesday when they meet Indonesia in their final.
Myanmar won the women’s bronze-medal football match against the host nation, 2-1.