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    Debacle looms as gold medal shutout sends Philippines tumbling to eighth place

    Dec 13, 2013

    WITHOUT a gold to show on Friday, the Philippines slipped to eighth place in the medal tally of the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.

    With swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi failing to regain the gold medal in the women’s 100-m freestyle final, the Filipinos remained stuck with only three golds to show aside from five silvers and eight bronzes.

    Alkhaldi settled for the bronze in the re-swim of the 100-m freestyle event, which Nathanan Junkrajang of Thailand won.

    The 20-year-old charmer earlier gave the country its fourth gold medal after topping the race, only to be stripped of the glory later on when the swimming jury upheld the protest made by Thailand about a supposed false start. The jury instead, ordered a re-swim of the event.

    As it is, Singapore and Cambodia had already overtaken the Philippines in the medal tally.

    With seven golds, six silvers, and 14 bronzes, Singapore climbed to sixth place, while a gold in wrestling pulled Cambodia to seventh place with a 4-6-11 (gold-silver-bronze) tally.

    Laos, meanwhile, is just one gold behind the Philippines with 2-5-14 (gold-silver-bronze), followed by Brunei at 1-0-2.

    Timor Leste remains as the country still without a medal.

    A week into the meet, host Myanmar continues to show the way with a 26-25-20 tally followed by Vietnam in second with 22-11-19.

    Indonesia has 20-24-17 for third place, followed by Thailand (18-24-16), and Malaysia (10-7-22).

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