PH caps off best Asian Youth Para Games finish

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 7) – Team Philippines ended its 2021 Asian Youth Para Games campaign by recording the country's best performance in the quadrennial meet's history.

The young Filipino para athletes will bring home a total of one gold, six silvers, and two bronzes from Manama, Bahrain.

Swimmer Arjay Alegarbes broke the country's eight year gold medal drought by ruling the S14 100-meter butterfly event. 

The 17-year-old swimmer from Victorias City, Negros Occidental also won two silvers in the S14 100-meter backstroke and breaststroke categories.

Angel Mae Otom - the other swimmer in the Philippine contingent - bagged a bronze medal in the S1-S10 multi-class 100-meter butterfly event.

Athletics contributed two silvers as Ronn Mitra and Daniel Enderes, Jr. recorded bridesmaid finishes in the Under-20 T20 400-meter and 1500-meter races, respectively.

Table tennis bet Linard Sultan added two silvers as well in the men's singles Class 8 and men's mixed team events while his female compatriot Mary Eloise Sable snatched a bronze in the women's mixed team.

The Filipinos eclipsed their previous best performance in the Asian Youth Para Games in its second staging in 2013, when they took home one gold, one silver, and five bronze medals. In 2017, the Philippines only won a bronze.

The Asian Para Youth Games is a quadrennial sports event for the continent's athletes with disabilities aged 12 to 20.