In 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Philippines bagged a total of 24 gold medals, 33 silvers, and 64 bronzes for the 6th place on the table.
The 2017 SEA Games marks the Philippines worst performance in the biennial meet since year 1999 in Brunei. They even failed to match its 29-gold medal output from 2015 and 2013 games. The last time Philippines hosted in 2005, they bagged 113 golds, 84 silvers, and 94 bronzes. And since then, the gold medal haul has significantly dipped for every edition to its lowest year.
According to the Philippine’s chef de mission to the SEA Games, Cynthia Carrion, the 50 gold forecast was a form of motivation for the Filipino athletes.
“The reason I said ’50 golds’ was I wanted to motivate our athletes to try to have that 50 golds. Unfortunately, Malaysia was very prepared and you see all these silvers that we got (were against) Malaysia,” said Carrion.
Among the highlights of the Philippines’ campaign were Gilas Pilipinas’ dominance in the basketball event, the hockey team which swept the tournament for a historic gold, track and field athlete Eric Cray, marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and triathletes Kim Mangrobang and Nikko Huelgas.
Host Malaysia dominated and picked up most of the golds at a whopping 145, to go with 92 silvers, and 86 bronze medals.