SEA Games: Silver still feels like gold for Filipino brothers in pencak silat

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 02, 2019 08:09 PM
Silver feels like gold for Filipino brothers in pencak silat
The Philippines and Malaysia had similar scores in the seni ganda male event in pencak silat

SUBIC - The Philippines was on the verge of a gold medal in the seni ganda male event in pencak silat in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Abad brothers Alfau Jan and Almohaidib scored 564 points after their routine - tops among six pairs.

Only, they were tied with Malaysia and as per competition rules, ties will be broken by the decision of the jury.

Ultimately, they ruled that Malaysia was first and the Philippines was second.

And so, the Filipinos had to settle for silver even though their score was very much for gold.

Asked about it afterward, Alfau Jan, the older brother, said, "Para sa amin, alam ko kami yung gold. Siguro, nadali lang kami sa time namin."

Pressed further, he said that no categorical explanation was given, but in their eyes, their time most probably had something to do with it. "Inaantay nga po namin kaso wala pa pong explanation. Nung ni-review po nila, parang nabawasan kami ng isang segundo," the 21-year-old shared.

He then continued, "Dapat 3:00, pero naging 2:59 lang kami. Tinapos na kasi nila, nag-gong agad sila, pero dapat, 3:00 kami."

Make no mistake, however, the brothers are nothing but thankful for their medal as the last time around, they were actually ranked sixth. "Sa totoo lang po, last time, pang-sixth lang kami. Wala pa talaga kaming skills kasi yun yung first na sinalihan namin," Alfau Jan said.

He then continued, "Kaya po after nun, training talaga kami. Napakalaking bagay po nun kaya mabuti pa rin pong naka-silver kami."

After all, pencak silat is how they are strengthening their brotherly bond. "Kapag nagko-compete po kami, parang naglalaro lang kami. May connection na po kami kaya napapaganda lalo rito," the kuya said.


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