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Rower Caballero nails 2nd gold, dedicates feat to parents

SUBIC– Melcah Jen Caballero of the Philippines captured her 2nd gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games rowing competition at the ACEA Bay here.

Melcah Jen Caballero

Melcah Jen Caballero

Caballero topped the lightweight women’s scull after recording a winning time of 7:50.89.

On Friday, Caballero and Joanne Delgado topped the women’s lightweight double sculls.

‘‘I gave it my best shot because this is my final event, said the 23-year-old Caballero, who hails from Camarines Sur. “I dedicate this win to my parents.’’ Caballero and the rowing team trained in China before the SEAG.

“I would like to thank the Philippine Sports Commission for supporting us,’’ said Caballero.

Thailand’s Rojjana Raclao settled for the silver in 7:54.23, followed by Indonesia’s Putri Mutiara in 7:56.85.

Meantime, the duo of Emerson Villena and Troy Tayong prevented the Thais from winning their sixth gold by topping the international 420 sailing on Saturday

The Thais were so dominant they ruled the first five events.

The last gold of the day was claimed by Singapore for men’s laser sailing as Ryan Lo scored 11.0 points in eight rounds.