Pinoy swim bet bags 4th gold medal

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SINGAPORE—Maurice Sacho Ilustre capped his ASEAN Schools Games campaign with another gold medal, this time in the boys’ 200m butterfly Wednesday afternoon to emerge as the most bemedalled Filipino athlete at the Singapore Sports School with four golds.

Ilustre, a Grade 12 student at the De La Salle Zobel, clocked two minutes and 03.67 seconds to claim the gold.

The silver went to Rhys Jun Kai of Singapore (2:05.58) and the bronze was secured by Zelmi Aryalingga Azel of Indonesia (2:06.01).

Ilustre, who made waves in the Palarong Pambansa just this summer, bagged his fourth in this year’s ASG and the 13th overall for Team Philippines.

The star swimmer, who swept all of his seven events in last May’s Palaro in San Jose de Buenavista in Antique, said his four-week training in the US was a big factor to his performance.

“Malaking tulong talaga ‘yung training ko sa US para mag-improve ako,” said Ilustre, who also won the gold in the boys’ 200m freestyle, boys’ 100m backstroke and boys’ 100m butterfly.

Maurice Sacho Ilustre

Bhay Maitland Newberry, for her part, timed 30.95 to settle for the silver in the girls’ 50m backstroke.

Th gold went to Indonesia’s Kemala Fathihia Sofie, who clocked 30.47. Thailand’s Tepbud Sutatta (31.26) salvaged the bronze

The Philippines’ Chef De Mission Rizalino Jose Rosales said he is satisfied of the country’s performance for having eclipsed its best finish of 11 golds, 14 silvers and 22 bronze medals in 2014.

“Nagdeliver kasi ng medals lahat ng events. Kaya satisfied ako sa lahat ng performance ng mga teams,” Rosales said.

As of 9 p.m. Thursday evening, the medal tally for Team Philippines stands at 13 golds, eight silvers and 21 bronze medals for sixth place overall.

Thailand is in the lead right now with 29-26-32, while Indonesia is at second with its 25-33-29.

Host country Singapore sits at third spot with 24-27-27, while Vietnam ranks fourth with a 20-21-10 medal haul.

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