27th SEA Games: Thailand downs Phillipines in men's taekwondo final
19 December, 2013
Philippine’s Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison (right) makes full use of his lengthy frame to exact maximum damage on Singapore’s Raja Zulfadhli. He reached the Taekwondo finals but lost to Thailand’s Peerathep Sila On (photo by Andrew JK Tan).
27th SEA Games 2013, Myanmar
An exciting day of Taekwondo action at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium saw no fewer than seven gold medals being snapped up by athletes from Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar.
Vietnam’s Thi Thu Hein Pham claimed the women’s 62kg category gold ahead of Myanmar’s Victoria (silver) and Laos’ Thidasavanh Sotthacht, who took bronze.
In the men’s 74kg for Taekwondo, Peerathep Sila On of Thailand beat Philippines’ towering exponent in Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison to bag the gold. Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison had earlier downed Singapore’s Raja Zulfadhli 15-0 in the opening round and looked a firm favourite to finish in the final. Malaysia’s Abdul Hemi Mohd and Vietnam’s Thanh Tam Duong had to settle for bronze.
In Poomsae, Philippines took the team gold, with silver going to Indonesia and bronzes to Malaysia and Thailand. The mixed pairs gold was won by Vietnamese duo of Nguyen Minh Tu and Nguyen Dinh Toan, edging out Thailand’s Sattawath Chomchuen and Tasana Manso who took silver. Laos and Malaysia took the bronze.
Singapore paddler Chen Feng inspired the men’s table tennis team to a 3-0 win against Laos to help Singapore finish top of the group and earn a semi-final place (photo by Mookken Chandran).
Singapore’s men and women table tennis teams continued their mean streak on day two of the team competition, with convincing wins against Laos and Malaysia respectively to qualify for the semi-finals on Thursday morning.
Jing Jun Hong’s charges will face either Vietnam or Thailand in the last four, after they overcame Malaysia’s challenge 3-1, winning all the single match-ups but losing the doubles.
The men’s team top their group and will meet Vietnam in the semi-finals after a Chen Feng inspired team overcame Laos in straight sets to win 3-0.
Over at Zaya Thiri Indoor Stadium, Vietnam’s Nhat Thong Huynh bagged the gold medal for men’s 55kg after defeating Myanmar home favourite Kap Cin Pau in the final. Malaysia’s Muhamad Jafaanuar Jamaludin and Laos’ Soukphaxyay Sithisane settled for bronze after losing in their semi final matchups with the gold and silver medallists.
In women’s 45kg Myanmar’s Sel Wee claimed the women’s gold over Nancy Lucero of the Philippines who took silver. It was a tense affair in a close final, but backed by the support of a strong home crowd, Sel Wee added another gold to Myanmar’s burgeoning medal tally.
Catch the highlights from Day 7 here: