Philippines worse finish in the SEA Games since 1999
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Philippines SEA Games worst finish since 1999

Philippines worst finish in the SEA Games since 1999
SEA Games Worst Finish

It seemed that during the 2017 SEA Games, the Mall across the road was having a 50% off sale. Which unfortunately also included the Gold Medal count for Team Philippines.

When the task force had predicted 50 golds medal before the SEA Games it seemed a bit hard to swallow. The initial estimate of NSAs was even higher at 63. But the task force lowered this to 50 as it seemed like a nicer round figure.

But as the dust settled the Philippines got more than a 50% discount on this original prediction with just 24 golds totalled, and another 6th place finish. had predicted 25-32 Golds for 2013, and 2015 where we secured 29. And had made the same prediction for 2017 officially on July 1, even though on Facebook we had already stated this a lot earlier. However unfortunately even this was too high a forecast. As the final tally scraped underneath 25.

In short 24 golds is the Philippines worst showing in 18 years. Since Hosting the 2005 SEA Games we have shown a continuous drop in a number of golds. The worst showing 1999 was 19 golds, followed by 1979 24 golds.

This is our 2nd= lowest number of Golds in a SEA Games in the events 40 Year History.

We have now tied this in 2017 with our second equal worst-ever showing  Philippines 40 year participation in the South East Asian Games.

In retrospect the Philippines, overall positions has been dropping since the SEA Games began apart from when we hosted in 2005. If any consolation the Philippines did climb back from 7th to 6th place, but has placed no higher than 5th (2009) after hosting the SEA Games.

Philippines worst finish SEA Games since 1999  : Overall Medal Position Historically of the Philippines

Total Number of Medals Historically won by Philippines at SEA Games

In the 2017 SEA Games 9 of the 24 Golds for the Philippines came from Dual Citizens (37.5%). While this is not a majority. It is a significant number. The Basketball and Ice Hockey team also benefited from Dual Citizens. While we respect Fil-American and Filipino’s from other countries make great sacrifices for the hardship of competing for a third world nation.

NSA should be doing a global talent search of Fil Foreign communities ‘as well as’ not instead of developing and building strong Talent Identification and Grass-root programs.

Philippines worst finish SEA Games since 1999: Worst Ever in % of Gold

Thanks to Go for Gold Philippines. The advice he pointed out that the Philippines’ performance in 2017 is the worst ever in the percentage of Gold. I took the liberty of checking every year on a spreadsheet and found they were absolutely right.

The Philippines had 24 of 406 golds in 2017 or 5.91% of all golds available. Compare that to 1999 when we won 19 of only 233 golds which are 8.15% of all golds available.

No years before 1999 do we have lower percentages of Golds. But in 2001, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 The Philippines have worse percentages of the total number of golds than in 1999.

Are worse count for the total % of medals is 2013 with 6.60%. In 2017 it was 9.07% of total medals which is the second worse. From 2009 until 2017 is the only year we have less than 10% of all total medals available. It’s understandable that 2013 was the lowest % of medals as Myanmar was expensive to get to and the team size was somewhat restricted.

Surprisingly 2005 although it was the highest overall placing and the only time we got 1st overall. The largest number of golds 113 and the largest number of medals 291 we have ever had. It is not the largest % of gold or % of medals we have ever had. In 2005 we had 25.45% of all golds, however in 1991 when we also hosted we had 27.74%.  2005 was second in this category.

The largest number % of all medals we had was 1981 with 24.77% of all medals when Manila also hosted. 2005 had 19.9% of all medals. This is superseded by 1981, 1991, and 1983 which all were over 20% of all medals. Since 2005 the Philippines has failed to get more than 15% of all medals and from 2009  onwards is getting less than 10%.

Conclusion and Thank you

I would like to thank those who helped with the analysis and break down of this data. Including Go For Gold Philippines Face Book page, The Walking Encyclopedia Joseph Dumuk and Veteran PSC Statistician, The PSC, and various sportswriters and enthusiasts. You can follow this and our other commentaries by liking our page Pinoyathletics

** Review on Performance of Sports break down next.

By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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