Asian Games recap (August 27): Hits for Pinoy martial artists, miss in basketball


Posted at Aug 27 2018 11:11 PM

Tsuki Junna of the Philippines in action versus Paweena Raksachart of Thailand in women's -50 kilograms division in karate in Jakarta on Monday. Junne won bronze. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

A pair of bronze medals delivered in martial arts disciplines may have done little to ease the pain of the Philippine men's national basketball team's loss in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Cherry May Regalado won bronze in the women's singles form event in pencak silat — a sport indigenous to Indonesia — while Junna Tsukii placed third in women’s -50 kilograms division in karate.

But, for a basketball-mad country, the day will be remembered more for the country's 91-82 defeat to South Korea, a result that denied coach Yeng Guiao, Jordan Clarkson and the rest of the team a spot on the podium.

The two bronze finishes raised the country's total medal haul to 15, equaling the national delegation's output in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

After it endured early exits in the previous days, the boxing team saw its morale boosted with a pair of wins, thanks to 
middleweight fighter Eumir Felix Marcial and light-flyweight competitor Carlo Paalam.

On the track, Filipina accomplished long-jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang may have performed in her last Asian Games, finishing near the bottom in Indonesia.

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