Chef-de-Mission Cynthia Carrion proud of PH athletes despite falling short of SEA Games goal

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 30) — The Philippines fell short in achieving its target at the 2017 Southeast (SEA) Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

But chef-de-mission Cynthia Carrion is still proud of the Filipino athletes who participated in the biennial meet.

"We are still proud. Our athletes really played with heart. Puso, we always hit our heart. We played so hard and we tried our very best. And for that alone, we should be proud of them. And not put them down," said Carrion in an interview on CNN Philippines' Sports Desk.

"They tried their very best," she added.

The country bagged a total of 24 gold medals in this year's SEA Games - a far cry from its goal of 50 gold medals - together with 33 silver medals and 64 bronze medals.

READ: Paving the way to 50 gold medals for the Philippines

It was the lowest gold medal haul since 2011 where the Philippines got 36 gold medals and last two where the country nabbed 29 gold medals in each meet.

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Carrion admitted that Malaysia came well prepared for the competition and that we should emulate their feat in the next edition of the competition.

"Malaysia was really really prepared. They told us how they prepared, they prepared for four years for this." she said. "We need to be there now. It's about time."

Malaysia topped the 11-nation tournament with 145 gold medals, 92 silver, and 86 bronze medals - its best finish in SEA Games history.

 

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Carrion is now looking forward to the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. The Philippines hosted the 2005 SEAG ending with a 113 gold medal haul and clinching the overall championship.

"We're gonna take up the challenge of really making good in 2019. We'll really start now."

READ: Philippines back as host of 2019 SEA Games