The victory ceremonies for the 30th SEA Games Muaythai Combat Competition marked the end to a riveting 5 days of competition here in Subic Bay Philippines. As medallists took to the podium, it was a bittersweet ending for some, a momentous achievement for others, and an emotional celebration for all, in sync with the Games’ slogan – We Win As One.
Thailand swept up 4 gold medals while the host nation came in second taking 3. Vietnam’s Bui Yen Ly claims a gold for Vietnam, the host of the next edition of the Games and Malaysia’s prodigy Mohammad Rifdean Masdor KO’d his way to a gold for Malaysia.
The Spirit of Sport award went to Team Indonesia while Best Referee was presented to Rith Yoth Cambodia. Filipino Coach Precious Ocaya was surprised and honoured to be chosen as Best Coach.
Thailand’s Thanawan Thongduang took the award for Best Wai Kru.
Rising Star awards in the men’s division went to Voem Vann from Cambodia while in the women’s it was Islay Erika Bomogao from Philippines to accept the award.
SEA Games Outstanding Athlete in the men’s division no doubt went to Mohammad Rifdean Masdor, who turned heads in the competition, exploding into the elite seniors fresh out of the last IFMA Youth World Championships.
SEA Games Outstanding Athlete in the women’s division went to Bui Yen Ly from Vietnam for her superior skills in the ring throughout the competition.