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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines exited the Asian Games sepak takraw tournament with its head held high after the men’s quadrant team lost to Indonesia in the semifinals, 21-15, 24-25, 17-21, to still clinch a bronze medal at the Jinhua Sports Centre Gymnasium in China on Tuesday, October 3.
This marks the Philippines’ first podium breakthrough in the sport in 33 years and raises the country’s medal tally in Hangzhou to 9 bronzes and 11 overall.
Just five hours earlier, the men’s quadrant team crushed Singapore in its final preliminary game, 21-8, 21-15, to assure itself of the historic medal.
Before the semis, the Filipino standouts only lost once in their Asian Games campaign – to India, 16-21, 15-21, last Monday, October 2.
The Philippines got off to a strong start to the tournament last Sunday, October 1, nabbing a pair of wins against Japan and South Korea just four hours apart. – Rappler.com