The Philippine Men’s and Women’s Water Polo teams ended their 30th Southeast Asian Games campaign with podium finishes to end our country’s 10-year medal drought at the NCC Aquatic Center in Capas Tarlac today.
The men’s team defeated Malaysia 14-12 Sunday evening and finished the games with 2 wins and 2 draws to win the silver, but not without a fight from the Malaysians.
Leading 12-6 in the last five minutes of the last quarter, the Malaysians scored four consecutive goals to bring the score to 11-10.
With 2:53 minutes remaining, Philippines’ Matthew Yu stopped Malaysian’s aggressive come back, while Aljon Salonga chipped in another goals.
The Malaysians managed to deliver two goals in the last minute of the game which ended in 14-12 score, in favor of the host country.
The silver medal win is a duplicate of our performance in the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang, the last time we won a medal in water polo.
Indonesia, who scored a big upset over 27-time defending Champion Singapore, took the gold, making them the second country to win a gold in the men’s water polo event.
Singapore settled for a bronze medal finish with 2 wins 1 draw and 1 loss record.
In the Women’s division, Thailand took the gold while Singapore and Philippines went home with the silver and bronze.