SEA Games: Heartbreak, heartache seen in women’s arnis camp as team salvages just one of four gold medals

ANGELES — Unlike the men’s squad which romped its way to sweep the men’s competition in the Southeast Asian Games Sunday night here at the Angeles University Foundation Gym, the women’s arnis squad struggled and could only come up with a gold medal in four weight classes.

Jezebel Morcillo was the women team’s lone bright spot as she defeated Chendaroth Khiev of Cambodia.

The three other bets had mixed fates, each of them ending up on the losing end.

Mae Busacay failed to advance past the semifinal round as she dropped her match against Thet Wai Oo of Myanmar.

The next two losses were heart breakers.

Eza Rai Yalong, who was previously declared winner of her match against Veannsonita Si of Cambodia, was stripped of a victory after judges reviewed the video of their match following a protest made by the Cambodian camp.

In the video, the jurors saw that Si landed the more telling blow on the Filipina, whose heart aching defeat deprived her of an opportunity to win the gold.

The last one to bow was Jude Oliver Mar Rodriguez, who lost in the extra round after her match with Myanmar’s Hla New Aye ended up in a draw.

Rodriguez decided to change her game plan as she became more defensive-minded in the extra session. Hla, on the other hand, continued to press on her rival and earned the nod of the judges.

Overall, the arnis team garnered five gold medals, two silvers and a bronze as the men’s team swept its rivals earlier.