Sepak takraw takes bronze in SEAG men's regu

Published May 17, 2022, 8:42 PM

by Jonas Terrado

The national sepak takraw team settled for bronze in the men’s regu competitions of the 31st Southeast Asian Games after losing to Malaysia in two straight sets Tuesday, May 17 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Mark Joseph I. Gonzales of the Philippines kicks the ball during the sepak takraw men’s match against Malaysia at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on May 17, 2022. (AFP)

Jason Huerte, Ronsited Gabayeron, Mark Joseph Gonzales, Janjan Bobier and Rhey Jhey Ortuoste won all three games in the group phase to reach the semis before falling short against the Malaysians.

Thailand went on to defeat Malaysia, also in straight sets, for its second straight gold in the event held at the Hoang Mai Gymnasium.

Huerte, Gabayeron, Gonzales, Bobier and Ortuoste assured themselves of bringing home a medal after defeating Loos in straight sets and needing a deciding third set to beat Indonesia on Monday.

They started Tuesday with a straight sets victory over Myanmar.

The Philippines returns to action Wednesday against Laos and Myanmar in the men’s doubles category.