IN PHOTOS: Filipino athletes in victory and defeat at SEA Games 2017

The hard reality is that some succeeded, while some fell short. The underdogs stepped up, while some expected winners had a bit of tough luck.

Jane Bracher

Published: 6:04 PM September 1, 2017

Updated: 9:21 PM September 1, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The 2017 Southeast Asian Games ended with a resounding dud for the Philippines. But that doesn't mean Filipino athletes didn't compete to the best of their abilities.

Regardless of the odds stacked against them, Filipinos fought tooth and nail to deliver medals for their country, and for the fulfillment of their personal dreams.

The hard reality is that some succeeded, while some fell short. The underdogs stepped up, while the expected winners had a bit of tough luck.

See below photos of our Filipino athletes in their moments of victory and in defeat.

FIRST GOLD. Mary Joy Tabal winning the Philippines' first gold medal of the SEA Games, after a tumultuous lead-up to it that included her getting scrapped from the lineup. Photo from Kuala Lumpur 2017 Facebook
HAMPERED BY INJURY. Dealing with a knee injury, Rio Olympian Nestor Colonia crashed to second to the last place in the 56kg weightlifting event. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler
BRONZE JUMP. Long jumper Janrey Ubas lands a 7.75-meter leap, good for the bronze medal. Photo by PSC/POC Media