The 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) — a 12-day multi-sport event with live coverage from Oddity & Co. — are currently taking place in the Philippines.
Perhaps motivated by its location, the Philippines is dominating the 30th edition of the SEAG for most medals won, with Vietnam and Indonesia following closely behind.
So far, the Philippines has secured 79 gold medals, helping it cross the 150 medal plateau.
Some of these first-place wins, including Filipina debutant Christine Hallasgo’s upset over reigning marathon gold medalist Mary Tabal, were a shocking triumph.
Even though the race was neck and neck, Hallasgo finished almost two minutes faster than the previous games’ champion.
Day 5 saw the beginning of the five on five Men’s basketball, with Gilas Pilipinas defeating Singapore by a whopping 52 points. They face Vietnam in their next preliminary.
Day 6 also marked the beginning of the e-sports competitions, starting with Hearthstone, continuing with Starcraft 2, and ending with Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
This SEA Games is the first to include e-sports on the schedule.
Day 7 will see more track events, as Zion Corrales-Nelson takes on the 200m qualifiers in the morning.
Born in Vancouver, Nelson has previously put up times that point towards her possibly becoming the fastest woman in Asia, and will be one to watch as she potentially makes history.
The track events will all be taking place in the world-class facilities built in New Clark City for these games. The facilities are so impressive that numerous European track teams are eyeing New Clark City as a training ground for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.