Despite missing out on gold medals, the PH karate team still surpasses its 3-medal output in 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Filipino Karatekas Rexor Tacay and Jayson Macaalay settled for two silver medals in the men’s kumite 67 and 60 kilogram divisions, respectively, in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games here on Tuesday, August 22.
Tacay lost to Thailand’s Supa Ngamphuengphit, who came back from a 3-5 deficit to win 6-5.
Meanwhile, Macaalay fell short against Malaysian Senthil Al Silvarajao. He managed to keep in step for a while, tying the match at 3-all, before catching a bad break when the judges didn’t award him 3 points for what appeared like a clean kick in the head.
Despite not winning two potential gold medals, the Philippine karate team started off this year’s Games on a high note with two silvers and two bronzes on the first day of competition, already surpassing its 3-medal output in 2013. Karate was not held in Singapore two years ago.
Earlier, James Delos Santos copped the bronze in men’s individual kata while Junna Tsukii also won bronze in the women’s kumite 50-kg division.