Victory or Defeat? Athletes who don't look like they won

After months of arduous training and with heavy expectations on their shoulders, when athletes finally win gold, a myriad of powerful emotions are released, which don’t always reflect the triumphant occasion. Here are 7 times a win wasn’t obvious by the look on the athletes’ faces.

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien
Nguyen Thi Anh Vien
08 Jun 2015

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien

Swimming sensation Nguyen Thi Anh Vien of Vietnam may have won the 400m Individual Medley Final in Games record time, way ahead of the pack, but her “that really hurt” expression after the win just shows how much she pushed herself.

Photos: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/ Action Images via Reuters

Huelgas Nikko Bryan
Huelgas Nikko Bryan
08 Jun 2015

Huelgas Nikko Bryan

Huelgas Nikko Bryan of the Philippines swam, biked and ran his way to victory in the Men’s Individual Triathlon Final and his “I need to tear this giant ribbon!” expression shows how hard fought his race was.

 

Ma Claire Adorna
Ma Claire Adorna
08 Jun 2015

Ma Claire Adorna

The Philippines’ Ma Claire Adorna claimed gold in the Women’s Individual Triathlon Final and it was no mean feat. Her “Excuse me, I’m going to need some water” gesture says it all.

Myanmar 6 Crew Traditional Boat Race Team
Myanmar 6 Crew Traditional Boat Race Team
08 Jun 2015

Myanmar 6 Crew Traditional Boat Race Team

While it might look like the Myanmar team’s drummer is really angry about something, he is anything but that. His reaction after the team won the Men’s 6 Crew 500m Traditional Boat Race just shows the fierce spirit of competition at the SEA Games.

Wong Fu Kang
Wong Fu Kang
08 Jun 2015

Wong Fu Kang

If not for his number one reckoning finger, you couldn’t have guessed by the slightly quizzical look on Malaysian swimmer Wong Fu Kang’s face that he just swam an extremely close 100m Breaststroke Final where he snatched gold by 0.17 seconds.

Suthasini Suwettabut
Suthasini Suwettabut
08 Jun 2015

Suthasini Suwettabut

Thailand’s Suthasini Suwettabut may look like she just stubbed her toe really badly but she’s really just become the first non-Singaporean to win the Women’s Singles Table Tennis Final since 1995. 

Teo Shun Xie
Teo Shun Xie
08 Jun 2015

Teo Shun Xie

Not the most intense expression of a winner, the look on Singapore’s Teo Shun Xie’s face could make you think she’s just played a prank on someone, but her victory in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol Final is no joke.

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