INCHEON, South Korea: The Philippine boxing team, which had been touted as a gold medal contender, has fallen short of expectations.
The boxers ended their campaign at the Seonhak Gymnasium with a silver and a bronze on Friday, a day before the 2014 Asian Games here comes to a close.
Charly Suarez took the silver in the men’s lightweight division after a 2-1 split decision defeat to Mongolia’s Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu.
One judge scored it 30-27 for Suarez, but the other two had identical scores of 29-28 for the Mongolian.
“I wasn’t pressured by the fact that I was among our last hopes for a gold,” Suraez, a gold medalist in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games, said.
“I stuck to our game plan, and I was thankful I won the silver,” he added.
The 26-year-old World Series of Boxing veteran made it to the finals with a win over Obada Mohammad Mustafa Alkasbeh of Jordan in the semifinals (2-1), Ammar Jabbar Hasan Hasan of Iraq in the quarterfinals (3-0), Akhil Kumar of India in the second round (2-1) and Elnur Abduraimov of Uzbekistan in the opening round (2-1).
The boxing team will be taking home a total of one silver and three bronzes. The bronze winners were Mark Anthony Barriga in the men’s light flyweight category, Mario Fernandez in the men’s bantamweight and Wilfredo Lopez in men’s middleweight.
Barriga fell to South Korean Shin Jong-Hun, who went on to win the first boxing gold for his country in the Incheon Games.
He had no hard feelings against Shin despite his heart-breaking semifinal defeat.
“I congratulated Shin on his gold medal and for fighting very well in the final,” the Filipino told Agence France Presse after being presented with his bronze medal.
Another bronze was contributed by tae kwon do jin Kirstie Elaine Alora.
Alora lost her fight for the final round in the women’s -73 kilograms to Cambodia’s Seavmey Sorn.
Alora, who matched her bronze-medal finish in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, reached the semifinals by subduing Jordan’s Rima Abdel Karim Ibrahim Anahbeh in the quarterfinal round.
It was also the end of the road for John Paul Lizardo and Francis Aaron Agojo.
Lizardo beat Thipphakone Juangmany of Laos in the Round-of-32 before bowing to Ghazanfar Ali of Pakistan in the next round. Agojo won his opening round match against Myanmar’s Shein Naing Dwe before losing to Japan’s Yuma Yamada in the quarterfinals.
The tae kwon do team earned five bronzes including those from Benjamin Keith Sembrano (men’s -68 kgs.), Samuel Morrison (men’s -74 kgs.), Mary Anjelay Pelaez (women’s -46 kgs.) and Ronna Ilao (women’s -49 kgs.).
Karate chipped in a bronze courtesy of Mae Soriano, who defeated Cok Istri Agung Sanistyarani of Indonesia, 11-3, in their battle-for-third match. Soriano was relegated to the bronze-medal match after losing to Sabina Zakharova of Kazakhstan 6-1 in the semifinals.
The Philippines remained at 22nd place with a total medal tally of one gold, three silvers and 11 bronzes.
The lone gold came from BMX cyclist Daniel Caluag.