THE gold medal quest of a grieving Iris Ranola ended Friday after she lost in the semifinals of the women’s 10-ball competitions of the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.
Ranola bowed to Angeline Magdalena of Indonesia, 2-7, as she closed her campaign in the biennial meet without a gold medal.
She will be coming home however, with a bronze medal.
Ranola’s campaign in the meet came after her father passed away due to cancer just a day after arriving in Nay Pyi Taw for the billiards competitions.
Despite the predicament, she went on and competed upon the blessing of her father.
At the moment, the family is awaiting the return of the Zamboanga native before burying the elder Ranola on December 23.
But the emotions obviously took its toll on the Filipina, who even vomited and nearly collapsed in her quarterfinal match earlier in the day, which she went on and win, 7-2, against Thandar Maung.
According to reports from Nay Pyi Taw, doctors said too much stress was the reason why Ranola was not in full shape to compete.
The Philippines, however, still has a shot at the gold as newly-crowned world 10-ball champion Rubilen Amit advanced to the finals against Magdalena.
Amit, who won the world 10-ball tilt in Manila last month, defeated Huyen Thi Ngoc of Vietnam in the semifinals, 7-1. She earlier dispatched Nywe Nywe Hlaing of Myanmar, 7-1.