James Deiparine won the men's 100m breaststroke gold medal for hosts the Philippines at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games ©Getty Images

Hosts the Philippines added a further nine gold medals to their tally at the Southeast Asian Games today, moving onto 56 overall.

Four of the home nation's triumphs came in obstacle racing at Filinvest City, including wins for Kevin Jeffrey Pascua in the men's 100 metres and Rochelle Suarez in the women's 100m.

Diana Buhler, Jeffrey Reginio, Klymille Keilah Rodriguez and Nathaniel Sanchez dominated the 400m team relay, while Kyle Redentor Antolin, Kaizen Dela Serna, Monolito Divina and Deanne Nicole Moncada topped the 400m team assist podium.

There was another gold medal for the Philippines over at the Aquatics Center in New Clark City, where James Deiparine came out on top in the men's 100m breaststroke in a Games-record time of 1min 1.46sec.

Vietnam's Phạm Thanh Bảo finished second in 1:01.92, while Singapore's Lionel Khoo came third in 1:01.98.

Among the other home winners was Kristel Macrohon in the women's 71 kilograms weightlifting competition.

She prevailed with a total of 216kg and was followed in the standings by Vietnam's Nguyễn Thị Vân and Indonesia's Tsabitha Alfiah Ramadani, with 214kg and 203kg, respectively.

The Philippines' Kristel Macrohon tasted victory in the women's 71kg weightlifting event ©Getty Images
The Philippines' Kristel Macrohon tasted victory in the women's 71kg weightlifting event ©Getty Images

The Philippines also tasted victory in the women's precision pistol event through Marly Martir, who beat Indonesia's Pratiwi Kartikasari and Malaysia's Yusliana Mohd Yusof to top honours.

She then joined forces with Franchette Shayne Quiroz and Elvie Baldivino to win the team competition.

Indonesia's Kartikasari, Ayu Dini Fitriasih and Eva Triana were the runners-up, while Malaysia's Mohd Yusof, Azeera Abd Halim and Salzuriana Zubir completed the top three. 

The Philippines' one other success came in the men's waikru muaythai event, courtesy of Jearome Calica and Joemar Gallaza.

The country leads the medal standings with 56 golds, 41 silvers and 22 bronzes.

They are followed by Vietnam, with 27 golds, 32 silvers and 34 bronzes.

Third place is still occupied by Malaysia with 21 golds, 12 silvers and 22 bronzes.