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Coveta Makes Golden Splash in Water Sports

By Jan Ballesteros | TV5.ESPN

SUBIC - Two-time world champion Geylord Coveta spearheaded the Philippines' 2-1 gold-silver medal haul in the 30th Southeast Asian Games windsurfing on Monday.

A silver medalist in the 2017 edition of the Games, Coveta pocketed the gold this time after ruling the men's RS: One with 18 points after 12 races.

Coveta bested silver medalist Illham Wahab of Malaysia (30 points) and Thai Navin Singsart (36), who nabbed the bronze.

[Photo: (Left) Geylor Coveta and (Right) Yancy Kaibigan]

Also putting up a golden performance was Fellow Filipino Yancy Kaibigan, who emerged on top in the men's RS: X event.

Kaibigan outclassed Natthappong Phonoppharat of Thailand (21 points) and Malaysian Ahmad Danish Abdul Hadi Kami (35 points).

"It's all God's work. I just tried to enjoy it. I prayed, and God made this possible. He's the reason I won the gold," Kaibigan said in Filipino.

Meanwhile, Charizzanne Jewel Napa settled for a silver in women's RS: X.

Napa, who was all smiles as she received the mint during the awarding ceremony at the Yacht Club, got 30 points, five points behind gold medalist Cholchava Junthonglang of Thailand. Indonesian Nenni Marlini had 35 to claim the bronze.

"I dedicate this medal to my family and all the Filipino people," Napa said.

Photo courtesy Nini Calangi-Casapao

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