CAPAS, Tarlac—Carter James Lilly settled for a silver medal after narrowly beaten by Van Thai Duong of Vietnam in the last 10 meters of the men's 800-meter run at the New Clark Athletics Stadium on Monday.
His loss was controversial after Duong allegedly shoved, based on the video replay, Lilly when the Vietnamese runner mounted a comeback.
Lilly was on paced to clinch the gold with a decent lead in the last curve of the track but bowed to Duong with only 1:50.17 mark behind the 1:49.91 of Duong.
The Filipino athlete, however, did not question the result, admitting that mishaps happen in a race.
"It’s part of the race. It happens," he shortly said.
Lilly also shrugged off the different weather in the Philippines but was happy that the race happened at night.
"I don’t think it was too bad. I’m glad that the race was at night. But coming anywhere new, halfway across the world from where I’m training, it’s always a tough adjustment. But I felt like I adjusted pretty well," the 24-year-old runner revealed.
His silver medal added to the 6-medal haul of the Philippines in the penultimate day of athletics in SEA Games.
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