PH concludes 2017 SEA Games campaign with paltry 24-gold medal haul

Philippines condemned to worst SEA Games finish in 18 years after one-gold haul on Tuesday

It also said that head of the Thai contingent to the Games, Thana Chaiprasit, claimed that the officiating of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games was the worst compared to other SEA Games as well as the Olympic and Asian Games.

The 27-year-old Magno lagged behind the podium finishers in the final, posting a personal best time of 1:51.893. Leaders may be busy arguing instead of providing much-needed resources for young athletes, or maybe we are simply failing to make sports attractive for the youth.

"When we made the target together with the national associations, I would admit that we were a bit conservative because we didn't know about the achievements of the other countries", she said.

"They did not deserve a third place, not even a fourth", he said. The country was ranked 6th overall behind Indonesia.

Another spectator, who wanted to be known only as Mamanoya, said he never expected the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games to turn into such a great platform to further boost unity among the people.

The National Sports Council (NSC) does not consider any one sport to have failed at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games after the country achieved its' best-ever medal haul as the multi-sport event ended on Wednesday.

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Speaking at the ceremony, outgoing SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar said Malaysia did well to overcome the setbacks it faced as hosts. But in that edition of the biennial meet held in Brunei, only 233 gold medals were at stake.

Among the significant breakthroughs were a first men's cycling title in 20 years, a first golf men's team gold in 28 years while figure skaters Yu Shuran and Chloe Ing bagged the nation's first winter sports gold and silver winter sport Games medals.

Carrion shared a list of sports that promised gold, reflecting officials' optimism. "Although numerous athletes are very young, they put on a splendid performance", said Mae Lee who brought along her family.

"They always say 'We're gonna get four, we're gonna get five.' So I said 'Let's go, let's go.' If I said 'No, you can't do it, ' it would not motivate them", Carrion said.

Freddie Webb, an Olympian and former senator who co-hosts "Fastbreak", said he agreed with Nepomuceno giving a minimum number as if to manage expectations.


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