Philippines secures 58 gold medals, ranks 5th at 32nd SEA Games

Jestine Cedric de Leon | Staffer | The OLPSian Times

With the conclusion of the 32nd SEA Games held in Cambodia last Wednesday, May 17, the Philippines managed to secure 58 gold medals, marking its highest gold tally as a non-host country.

Philippine delegation ends 2023 SEA Games campaign in 5th place. (Photos from Inquirer and

Along with the gold medals, the Philippines won 85 silver and 117 bronze medals in the competition hosted in Phnom Penh.

However, despite the increased gold count compared to the previous edition, the Philippines slipped from fourth to fifth place in the overall standings.

Out of the 11 competing countries, Vietnam emerged as the top-performing nation with 136 gold medals, followed by Thailand, Indonesia, and Cambodia.

The Philippine team for Arnis, the national sport of the country, performed exceptionally well, earning six golds, two silvers, and four bronzes across 12 events.

In Taekwondo, the Philippines delivered its most impressive performance in the Southeast Asian Games since the 2019 edition held in their home country, earning six golds, one silver, and eight bronzes.

One of the noteworthy achievements included Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena claiming his third consecutive gold by clearing 5.65 meters, surpassing his previous SEA Games record set in Vietnam.

Filipino wushu artist Agatha Wong, secured yet another gold medal in the women’s taijiquan + taijijian event at the regional showpiece for the fourth consecutive time, including two gold medals earned in 2019.

Gymnast Carlos Yulo continued his winning streak by earning his third consecutive gold medal in the men’s individual all-around event with an impressive score of 84 while also contributing to the men’s team all-around competition, nabbing the silver medal.

In basketball, Gilas Pilipinas regained the men’s 5×5 basketball title by defeating the host nation with a score of 80–69.

Furthermore, 19-year-old weightlifter Vanessa Sarno successfully defended her women’s 71kg crown, securing a second consecutive gold medal and breaking her previous record by one kilogram.

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