SUBIC, Zambales – Frustrations in his first three Southeast Asian Games stints seemed a fate this paddler from Pangasinan couldn’t take anymore.
The good times finally came for Hermie Macaranas right before his countrymen yesterday as he ruled the men’s 200-meter singles event in canoe kayak competition of the 30th SEA Games.
“Napakasaya,” said the 24-year- old Macaranas as he made his way out of the Malawaan Park of this former US Naval Base in Subic after his golden performance.
“Napaka high performance ‘yung nangyari sa amin ngayon first time gold and two silvers. Hindi ko ma-imagine,” added Macaranas, exchanging high fives with his teammates and followers.
On Friday, Macaranas settled for silver in men’s 1000 meter singles, and then teamed up with Ojay Fuentes earlier yesterday in the 200m doubles where the duo ended up with a silver, no thanks to an incident that saw Fuentes fall off his boat.
Nevertheless, one gold and two silvers were enough to warm the cockles of the heart for Macaranas whose best finishes in the last three games were bronze medals.
Yesterday he did make his countrymen proud with his resilience.
“Hindi ko din po ma-describe yung feeling sa kahit anong salita,” said Macaranas, whose winning time was 43.60 seconds.
In the process, he defeated Win Myo Hlaing of Myanmar who eventually settled for silver in 43.75 seconds and Vietnam’s Duon Anh Duc who clinched the bronze in 44.33 seconds.
Meanwhile, Indonesia dominated the 200m men’s doubles, with Marjuki Marjuki and Stuber Mehue Spens submitting a 40.33 seconds clocking for the gold, followed by the Philippines (Macaranas and Fuentes) with 41.08 seconds for silver.
The tandem of Vietnam’s Nguyen Quoc Toan and Phan Ngoc Sang took home the bronze (41.30 seconds).
In the 200m singles women’s event, Vietnam’s Truong Thi Phuong won the gold medal with a convincing time of 54.48 seconds.
Indonesia’s Andriyani Riska took the silver in 54.51 while Thiang-kathok Orasa of Thailand with 56.14 for the bronze medal.