Emy Ruth Gianan, News, Communication Management Office
Two Bachelor of Science in Exercises and Sports students secured medals for the Philippines during the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia. Ahgie Radan took home the gold medal in the Obstacle Race Men’s Team Relay, while Rhichein Yozores won silver and bronze medals in various categories for Kun Bokator.
“We are immensely proud of our student-athletes for their strong performance in the SEA Games! Congratulations to Ahgie and Rhichein for representing our country well and also for putting our Sintang Paaralan in the international sporting stage. Talagang nakakataba ito ng puso, at totoong PUP ako, tagumpay ako!” University President Manuel M. Muhi shared in an email interview.
Sophomore student Radan joined fellow racers Elias Tabac, Mervin Guarte, and Jay-ar de Castro in the obstacle course competition held at Chroy Changvar Convention Center in the country’s capital, Phnom Penh from May 3-6. The team took home the country’s ninth gold medal, sweeping all top spots in the four events under the obstacle race competition.
Meanwhile, Yozores won silver medal in the Women’s Single Bare Hand Form category and bronze for Women’s Combat 45kg of Kun Bokator event during the SEA Games. Additionally, she secured a gold medal for the Women’s Single Bare Hand Form in the 1st Kun Bokator Southeast Asian Championship. The competition was held a month before the Cambodian-hosted SEA Games.
Kun Bokator is a martial art practiced by Khmers in the battlefield. As one of the oldest existing fighting systems originating from Cambodia, the UNESCO declared it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. The sport marked its debut in the currently-held SEA Games wherein host countries are allowed to incorporate sports in their favor or those that introduce a new discipline. The Philippines, for example, included Arnis in 2005 and 2019 when it hosted the regional games.
SEA Games began last May 5 and it will hold its closing ceremonies on May 17 at the Morodok Techo Sports Complex. The Philippines sent an 846-strong contingent in the bienniel multi-sport event, one of the premier athletic events in the region.
Photo source: Ahgie Radan. (2023, May 8). Ahgie Radan Personal Facebook Account Post. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2242293679491428&set=pb.100011324527986.-2207520000.&type=3
Photo source: Rhichein Yozores. (2023, April 24). Rhichein Yozores Personal Facebook Account Post. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1711596715924239&set=pb.100012217803392.-2207520000.&type=3
Photo source: 9th Gold!. (2023, May 7). Philippine Sports Commission Facebook Page Post. https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=617884627041418&set=a.221845543311997
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