Malaysia's petanque players Mohd Hafizuddin, Akmal and Saiful (right) reacts after losing to Thailand in the men's triple final. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star
SINGAPORE: Malaysia put up a gallant fight against SEA Games defending champions Thailand in the men’s petanque triples final, but it was still not enough to win the gold medal.
Malaysia’s Syed Akmal Fikri Syed Ali, Saiful Bahri Musmin and Mohd Hafizuddin Mat Daud battled Thailand's Suranath Phadungsap, Thaloengkiat Phusaat and Suksan Piachan for three hours before losing 13-10.
The Malaysian women’s triples team of Siti Zubaidah Abu Talib, Nur Thahira Tasnim Abdul Aziz and Suhartisera Zamri also lost in the final, going down 13-4 to Thailand.
Syed Akmal was in tears after the defeat.
“We were trailing 6-11, but fought back to narrow the deficit to 10-11. We had the chance to take the lead, but we fumbled in the last game.
“We failed to deliver when it mattered most,” said Syed Akmal.
Malaysia ended the campaign with one gold, three silvers and one bronze. Hafizuddin won the singles event to be the first Malaysian gold medallist in petanque in the history of the Games.
The Star Online