MANILA, Philippines – Pencak silat added another bronze to the Philippines’ medal haul in the 2018 Asian Games courtesy of Dines Dumaan.
The 23-year-old secured the country’s ninth bronze and 10th medal overall despite falling prey to Malaysia’s Muhammad Faizul M Nasir, 0-5, in their men’s 50-55kg semifinal on Sunday, August 26.
Trailing after two rounds, Dumaan felt he could have won the match with a strong 3rd-round showing but was dismayed with the judges’ scoring.
“Marami akong sipa na hindi napuntusan tapos ‘yung sa kalaban ko, kahit hindi tumama, napupuntusan po,” the former 2017 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist told reporters in Jakarta.
(I had plenty of kicks which weren’t counted but my opponent’s attacks, although they didn’t land, were counted.)
Still, a bronze is a bronze for Dumaan.
“Pero okay lang ‘yun kasi kahit papaano, nakapagbigay po ako ng medalya sa ating bansa.”
(But that’s okay. At least, I was able to give the country a medal.)
Earlier, teammate Jefferson Rhey Loon also secured a bronze in the 60-65kg. – Rappler.com