The Philippine muay thai three-member team ended their campaign with a gold and 2 silvers at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar yesterday.
Preciosa Ocaya won muay thai’s lone gold medal after beating Phithsaya Phoumchanh of Laos in the finals of women’s 54kg category.
Ocaya overpowered Indonesia’s Souimah en route to her final appearance.
Jonathan Polosan who was entered in the men’s 63.5kg had a bye in the quarterfinals, and then beat Vietnam’s Van Dai Vo in the semifinals to advance to the finals.
Polosan faced fancy muay-thai boxer Panupong Tanjad of Thailand in the finals, and lost to the Thai to settle for the silver.
The controversial match of all was Phillip Delarmino’s final match against Myanmar’s Saw Dar Pot in the men’s 54kg category.
Delarmino knocked down the Burmese 4 times, but still lost the gold medal bout to the shock of the spectators and delight of the Burmese crowd.
The Philippine muay thai association filed a protest but did not prosper.
Delarimo settled for the silver medal.