The Malaysia men's sepak takraw team were on the receiving end of a 3-0 whitewash as they were outclassed by defending champions Thailand in the team regu event on Saturday.
Malaysia had started well at the 2017 SEA Games with a 3-0 win over Brunei in yesterday's morning
, but a surprise 1-2 loss to Indonesia later at night forced them to need a big win against Thailand to stand a chance of winning gold.
Their first regu trio of Syahir Rosdi, Hanafiah Dollah and Farhan Adam put up a strong resistance against the Thais but ultimately lost 15-21, 17-21.
It got worse as Thailand completely dominated the second match 21-10, 21-6 against Said Ezwan Said De, Norhafizi Abdul Razak and Safarudin Abu Bakar, before continuing their one-sided demolition in the third (21-9, 21-8) over Meor Mohd Zulfikar Mat Amin, Syazreen Qamar and Alan Alias.
The defeat, coupled with Indonesia's win over Brunei, saw Abdul Talib Ahmad's team finish the event with bronze.
With no defeats in three games, Thailand won gold again, while Indonesia got silver.
The last time Malaysia won gold in the men’s team regu event was at the 1991 SEA Games in Manilla.