IN PHOTOS: Filipino athletes in victory and defeat at SEA Games 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The 2017 Southeast Asian Games ended with a resounding dud for the Philippines. But that doesn't mean Filipino athletes didn't compete to the best of their abilities.

Regardless of the odds stacked against them, Filipinos fought tooth and nail to deliver medals for their country, and for the fulfillment of their personal dreams.

The hard reality is that some succeeded, while some fell short. The underdogs stepped up, while the expected winners had a bit of tough luck.

See below photos of our Filipino athletes in their moments of victory and in defeat.

1-2 FINISH. Cheska Centeno (R) and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women's 9-ball singles event. This is the second straight SEA Games that Centeno and Amit faced in the final and won the gold and silver. Photo from PSC-POC Media

1-2 FINISH. Cheska Centeno (R) and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women's 9-ball singles event. This is the second straight SEA Games that Centeno and Amit faced in the final and won the gold and silver.

Photo from PSC-POC Media

NATIONAL ANTHEM. Kiyomi Watanabe of the Philippines clinches the gold medal in the women's -63kg judo event. She is seen here during the Philippine national anthem with Philippine officials. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

NATIONAL ANTHEM. Kiyomi Watanabe of the Philippines clinches the gold medal in the women's -63kg judo event. She is seen here during the Philippine national anthem with Philippine officials.

Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

NO PODIUM. The Philippines women's volleyball team, seen here in their last match against Vietnam misses out on the podium at the SEA Games. The team, tearful in the semifinals against Thailand, settles for fourth place. Photo by PSC-POC Media

NO PODIUM. The Philippines women's volleyball team, seen here in their last match against Vietnam misses out on the podium at the SEA Games. The team, tearful in the semifinals against Thailand, settles for fourth place.

Photo by PSC-POC Media

FINISH LINE. Kim Mangrobang delivers a gold medal in women's triathlon. She is seen here having just crossed the finish line. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

FINISH LINE. Kim Mangrobang delivers a gold medal in women's triathlon. She is seen here having just crossed the finish line.

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

BRONZE. Rio Olympian and SEA Games veteran Marestella Torres Sunang leaps in the women's long jump event. She settles for the bronze this time around with only two of her 4 attempts counting. The rest were ruled fouls. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

BRONZE. Rio Olympian and SEA Games veteran Marestella Torres Sunang leaps in the women's long jump event. She settles for the bronze this time around with only two of her 4 attempts counting. The rest were ruled fouls.

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

UNEXPECTED DEFEAT. Daniel Parantac unexpectedly misses out on a medal in wushu men's taijijian. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

UNEXPECTED DEFEAT. Daniel Parantac unexpectedly misses out on a medal in wushu men's taijijian.

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

SURPRISE. The Philippine ice hockey team is one of the surprise gold medal winners in the 2017 SEA Games. They are seen here celebrating their huge victory. Photo from Malaysia Ice Hockey Federation FB Page

SURPRISE. The Philippine ice hockey team is one of the surprise gold medal winners in the 2017 SEA Games. They are seen here celebrating their huge victory.

Photo from Malaysia Ice Hockey Federation FB Page

LAST GOLD. Dines Dumaan wins the last gold medal for the Philippines in the men's tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of pencak silat. Photo from POC-PSC Media

LAST GOLD. Dines Dumaan wins the last gold medal for the Philippines in the men's tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of pencak silat.

Photo from POC-PSC Media

– Rappler.com