SEA Games: Bejar fades vs Indonesian, settles for silver | Inquirer Sports

SEA Games: Bejar fades vs Indonesian, settles for silver

/ 06:06 PM August 23, 2017

John Paul Bejar of the Philippines competes against Iwan Bidu Sirait of Indonesia in the finals of men’s -55kg kumite in the 29th Southeast Asian Games karate competition Wednesday at the KLCC Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. Bejar lost to settle for the silver medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOL

KUALA LUMPUR—An aggressive John Paul Bejar stormed to a 3-1 lead over his Indonesian foe but faded when it mattered to settle for the silver medal Wednesday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games karate competitions here.

Bejar, who joined the Philippine team in training in Germany, took the action right to Iwan Bidu Sirait, who got the nod of the judges on many close calls to take a 10-4 victory in the -55 kilogram kumite.

His silver is the best finish so far in karate, although the Filipinos are confident of grabbing a gold when the competitions end Thursday.

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Earlier, Mae Soriano snagged a bronze in women’s -55kg kumite. Junna Tsukii also took bronze this time in -50kg in the sport played at KLCC Halls right under the Petronas Twin Towers.

Bejar’s march to the finals was marred with controversy as the PH team filed a protest over his semifinals loss to a Malaysian.

The protest was upheld, allowing the 23-year-old Bejar to fight for the gold medal.

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