Gold medals hard to come by as Philippines suffers defeat in various fronts
Daniel Parantac failed to defend his wushu title. Jerome Ascano

KUALA LUMPUR - The Philippines was unable to carry the momentum from Mary Joy Tabal's victory in women's marathon to Sunday's competition in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

Nicole Tagle's silver medal in the individual recurve in archery was the lone bright spot for the Philippines as it ended a dreary day without winning a single gold medal.

The Philippines consequently fell to eight place with a 1-2-2 gold-silver-bronze tally.

Opportunities for gold came aplenty, however, as Ian Clark Bautista and Eumir Felix Marcial reached the semifinals of their respective weight categories in boxing.

Still, what stood out for the day were the disappointing finishes.

In wushu, Daniel Parantac settled for fourth place in the men's taijijian event which he dominated for the past two editions after making a big blunder.

Tagged as favorites, the Philippine men's rugby team didn't even land a podium finish after a loss to Thailand, 31-14, in the match for a spot for the final. The Volcanoes also lost, 26-7, in the bronze medal game.

In team sports, Gilas Pilipinas survived a big scare before beating Thailand, 81-74, in front of a pro-Filipino crowd at the MABA Stadium. Perlas Pilipinas also picked up a win in its first game against Singapore, 88-54.

Host Malaysia is lording over the medal tally with 16-13-9 count followed by Singapore with 8-10-7. Thailand is in third with 5-4-6 while Vietnam occupies fourth with 4-3-5.

Indonesia (3-4-10) and Myanmar (2-2-0) follow and are above the Philippines after Day One.

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