KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — In a situation that has become all too familiar for Philippine teams in the 29th Southeast Asian Games, the men’s regu team lost in heartbreaking fashion to settle for silver in sepak takraw.
Facing off against a taller Malaysian squad at the Stadium Titiwangsa on Tuesday night, the Philippines started off slow, made a comeback, but eventually faltered against the home team.
Malaysia wound up winning 25-23, 21-13, to secure the gold medal, relegating the Philippines to second place.
Both teams entered the day’s final match with identical 3-0 records, and the Philippine team was upbeat with its chances following a 21-10, 21-18 win over Brunei earlier in the afternoon.
Their defense failed them against Malaysia, however, with the home team’s attacker proving nearly unstoppable all match long.
Towards the end of the second set, the Philippines succumbed to errors, allowing Malaysia to pull away as the home crowd cheered on.
It was another disappointing result on Tuesday for the Philippines, as the country added only one more gold medal to its haul, this one from pencak silat.
The Filipinos’ brightest medal hope of the day, flag-bearer Kirstie Alora, bowed to an old foe in the final of her own event to settle for a silver medal.
Nevertheless, the Philippine squash team is hoping to add to the nation’s total as it faces off against Singapore in the final.
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