Margielyn Didal and Eugene Torre led the country to a gold medal finish in their respective sports

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Skateboard champion Margielyn Didal nabbed her first SEA Games gold after conquering the women’s skateboard tournament last Thursday, Dec. 6. at Sigtuna Hall in Tagaytay International Convention Center. 

Didal’s flawless skate routine outshone fellow Filipina skater Christiana Means in the tricks tournament. The Asian Games gold medalist also edged out Myanmar’s Thawdar Shin and Indonesia’s Nyimas Cinta in the semifinals. On the other hand, Means defeated Singapore’s Nur Farah Atika Abdullah in the preliminaries and Kyandra Suasanto to complete the country’s 1-2 medal finish. 

The Philippine national chess team, composed of Euguene Torre, Darwin Laylo, and Paulo Bersamin, claimed the country’s first ever gold medal in chess in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Traveler’s Hotel Rialto Function Room in Subic, Zambales. 

The men’s team outsmarted Thailand to add another gold in the country’s medal haul.  Meanwhile, the women’s team composed of Janelle Mae Frayna, Catherine Secopito, and Shania Mendoza settled for a silver medal finish after bowing down to Singapore. 

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