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    Philippines comes up empty on black Friday as Torres, tennis players suffer losses

    Aug 25, 2017
    Rio Olympian Marestella Torres-Sunang finished third in long jump. Jerome Ascano

    KUALA LUMPUR - The Philippines ended a black Friday without a single gold medal in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.

    The Filipino athletes wound up with three silver and five bronze medals on a dreary day filled with disappointments in various fronts and remained stuck in sixth place on 15 gold medals in the overall medal tally.

    Ruben Gonzales and Francis Casey Alcantara bowed to Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana of Thailand, 6-4, 2-6, 10-7, in men's tennis doubles while the women' lawn bowls triples of Rosita Bradborn, Vilma Greenlees, and Hazel Jagonoy settled for second behind Malaysia, 19-11.

    The final silver came on Friday night when swimmer James Deiparine placed second in the 100m breaststroke with a time of one minute, 2.11 seconds, losing a close race to Gagarin Nathaniel of Indonesia (1:01.76).

    At the Bukit Jalil Stadium, Anthony Beram failed to land his third gold medal as he settled for the bronze in the men's 4x100m run alongside Eric Cray, Archand Bagsit, and Anfernee Lopena.

    The women's 4x100m Kayla Richardson, Kyla Richardson, Zion Rose Nelson, and Eloiza Luzon also claimed the bronze medal.

    Rio Olympian Marestella Torres-Sunang (women's long jump) and Melvin Calano (men's javelin throw) also finished no higher than third place.

    At the National Tennis Centre, Denise Dy and Katharina Lehnert wound up with a bronze each after a semifinal loss to Thailand.

    Malaysia remains in first place in the medal tally with 68-46-45, followed by Vietnam (43-29-34), Singapore (39-33-39), Thailand (35-50-55), and Indonesia (22-35-45).

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    Myanmar is in seventh (6-8-12), followed by Cambodia (1-0-6), Brunei (0-2-7), and Laos (0-1-7). Timor Leste remained without a medal.

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    Rio Olympian Marestella Torres-Sunang finished third in long jump. Jerome Ascano
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