Asian Games: 2 more bronze medals for Philippines, thanks to pencak silat fighters

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 26 2018 12:04 PM | Updated as of Aug 26 2018 04:11 PM

Dines Dumaan, a gold medalist in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, felt his bout wasn't properly officiated. File/PSC media pool

JAKARTA—(UPDATED) Dines Dumaan and Jefferson Rhey Loon took home a bronze medal each after falling in their semifinal matches in pencak silat at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Sunday. 

Dumaan lost 5-0 to Muhammad Faizal M Nasir of Malaysia in a men's Class D bout, in the 50 to 55 kilograms category.

Loon fell by the same score to Nguyen Ngoc Toan of Vietnam in their men's Class D bout, in the 60 to 65 kilograms division.

Loon said afterward that he was satisfied with his performance, especially as the Vietnamese fighter that he faced was a gold medalist in the Asian Beach Games.

“Hindi siya basta-bastang kalaban, pero na-manage pa rin naman nating makapuntos,” said the 26-year-old Loon. “So far, yes (satisfied).

Dumaan, a gold medalist in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, felt that he did not get a fair shake from the judges, however. The 21-year-old standout from Capiz blacked out for five seconds in the third round from a punch, for which his foe was not penalized.

“Kung patas lang ‘yung jury, lamang pa rin ako sa kaniya kasi mas marami akong sipa kaysa sa kaniya po,” a somber Dumaan explained after the fight.

“Bawal talaga ‘yung suntok… sobrang bawal ‘yun,” he also said.

Settling for the bronze medal clearly disappointed the Capiz native, who was determined to at least advance to the Finals and had dreams of winning gold for the country.

“OK naman po sa akin ang bronze medal, kaso kasi ang target ko kasi, makapag-bigay ng, gusto ko makapagbigay ng gold sa bansa natin. Ginawa ko lahat pero wala, talo pa rin. Kaunti na lang sana panalo na pero wala, hindi binigay eh,” he said.

The twin medals brought the Philippines' tally to 10 overall, 9 of which are bronze.

Pencak silat is a form of martials arts that traces its roots to Indonesia.

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