PH poised to claim overall champion spot in SEA Games

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) — The Philippines is now impossible to beat in the overall medal tally, with just two days and 48 golds at stake left in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The host country has maintained its early lead and has a 54-gold cushion over Thailand, while it remains ahead of Vietnam by 57 golds, so far.

However, Philippine Deputy Chef De Mission Stephen Fernandez, still wants to wait for the last day of the games to end before announcing an overall championship for the country.

"The games aren't over until the buzzer rings. Let's wait for it," he told CNN Philippines.

Arnis and dancesport harvested a whopping 14 and 10 gold medals, respectively. Athletics has so far, raked in 10 golds as well, and the events are still ongoing.

The Philippines also excelled in combat sports like taekwondo and boxing. Wushu also contributed a significant number in the medal haul.

"We are very happy with our athletes as they make us proud. They really are the forefront of this campaign. We are proud of them," Fernandez added.

The closing ceremony of the 2019 SEA Games will take place on December 11, at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.