Tennis Saves Day for PH Team

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Tennis Saves Day for PH Team


Incheon -- The Philippines bombed out in rowing and shooting Saturday but got a consolation in tennis when the men's team swept Mongolia at the start of hostilities in the 2014 Asian Games.

Halfway through the day, China has captured four gold medals with South Korea, Japan, India and Malaysia getting a gold each.

Ten more golds remained up for grabs, including two in weightlifting where Nestor Colonia was hoping to give the Philippines its first medal in the men's 56-kilogram category.

Three Filipino fighters were also set to see action Saturday night in wushu.

Rowing got under way at the Chungju Tangeum Lake Rowing Center with Benjamin Tolentino Jr. being relegated to the repechage event after finishing fourth in the first heat of the lightweight men's singles sculls.

Tolentino, 41, clocked one minute and 49.20 seconds to finish fourth, 6.16 seconds behind winner Lok Kwan Hoi of Hong Kong (1:44:13).

Lok reached the final along with runner-up Cholhun Pak of North Korea (1:46.14).

Third place was Artyom Kudryashov of Uzbekistan who timed 1:48.24.

Filipino shooters also struggled in shooting when trap marksmen Hagen Alexander Topacio and Eric Ang found themselves in the bottom standings after two rounds in the men's trap qualification.

Topacio shot 65 points to share 31st spot in the 46-man field while Ang had 63 for joint 39th.

Andrey Mogilevskiy of Kazakhstan and Aldeehani Fehaid of Kuwait led the standings with 74 points each.

The next three rounds will be held Sunday at the Gyeonggido shooting range.

There was, however, a bright spot in tennis when the Nationals won all three matches against Mongolia in the men's team event at the Yeorumul tennis courts.

The only trouble the Filipino netters faced was how to spell their opponents' name correctly. …

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