Hannah Dato snatches silver on day three of 18th ASEAN University Games


After winning three bronze medals on the opening day of the championships, Hannah Dato this time snatched a silver on day three of the 18th ASEAN University Games in Singapore, Thursday evening.

Ateneo de Manila University’s Dato clocked 27.82 in the Women’s 50m Butterfly finals to place second Jenjira Srisaard of Thailand who took the gold via a new championship record time of 27.24

Xiang Qi Amanda Lim of Singapore brought home the bronze with 28.11 clocking.

Day two bronze medalist Ariana Herranz, narrowly missed another bronze medal finish, placing 4th in the Women’s 100m Backstroke finals with 1:07.83 clocking, to the 1:07.35 bronze medal clocking of Patricia Yosita Hapsari of Indonesia.

Thailand’s Araya Wongvat took the gold with 1:05.18, while Yessy Venisia Yosaputra of Indonesia settled for the silver with 1:05.81

In the men’s division, Philippines’ Arian Neil Puyo and Axel Toni Steven Ngui finished 4th and 5th with times of 1:01.79 and 1:02.53 respectively.

Giancarlo Silva, who topped the Men’s 200m Breaststroke prelims with 2:24.86, clocked 2:25.08 in the evening finals to finish in 6th place, while compatriot Alberto Batungbacal placed 7th with 2:30.67

University of Philippines’ Joy Rodgers on the other hand placed 7th in the women’s event with 2:52.24 clocking.

AUG debutants Romina Rafaelle Gavino and Winona Nadine Tee Ten finished in 6th and 7th place in the Women’s 400m freestyle event (4:50.55 and 4:53.98), while Axel Toni Steven Ngui placed 7th in the men’s event with 4:08.65 clocking.

The women’s quartet of Dato, Gavino, Tee Ten and Herranz clocked 4:09.11 in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay finals, enough to place 4th; and the men’s quartet of Ngui, Batungbacal, Dapat and Silva finished in 5th position in the men’s event with 3:39.72 clocking.

After day three of action, Team Philippines still has to win a gold.

The team has already clinched one silver and four bronze medals to rank 5th in the medal tally.

Thailand continues to dominate the championships with 10 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze medals; followed by Indonesia with 8-16-7; then Malaysia with 5-3-5 and Singapore in 4th position with 4-0-2

Tomorrow, the last day of the championships, features Hannah Dato defending her Women’s 100m Butterfly championship record, as well as Axel Toni Steven Ngui gunning for a podium finish in the Men’s 50m Freestyle even.

Other events tomorrow are the 200m IM, 200m Free and the 4x100m Medley Relay finals.

Team Philippines at the 18th ASEAN University Games is being represented by the UAAP Season 78 standouts, being mentored by Ateneo de Manila University coaches Archie Lim and Candice Esguerra-Federiso

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