Sepak team gets bronze in men's doubles

Published May 19, 2022, 6:43 PM

by Jonas Terrado

The national sepak takraw team settled for another bronze in the 31st Southeast Asian Games, this time in the men’s doubles event Thursday, May 19 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Rheyjey Ortuoste, Jason Huerte and Mark Joseph Gonzales were handed a 21-18, 21-12 defeat by Malaysia in their semifinal match held at the Hoang Mai Gymnasium.

It was the time in the ongoing SEA Games that the country produced a bronze in sepak takraw.

Earlier, the team of Ortuoste, Huerte, Gonzales, Ronsited Gabayeron and Janjan Bobier took bronze in men’s regu following a semis loss, also to Malaysia.

Ortuoste, Huerte and Gonzales repeated the bronze finish back in the 2017 edition held in Kuala Lumpur.

Men’s doubles was not held when the Philippines the regional meet in 2019.

After a straight-set loss to Laos to begin its campaign, the Filipinos bounced back to defeat Myanmar in three sets.

A straight-sets win over host Vietnam earlier in the day gave the Philippines a spot in the semis.

The Philippines will look to finish off the SEAG on a bright note when it competes in the men’s quard event which starts Friday.