Manila, Philippines – Far from his glorious days that made him one of the greatest pool players of all time, the magic of Efren “Bata” Reyes has not faded after so many years, even after losing.
Although the men’s 1-cushion carom semifinal at the 31st Southeast Asian Games lost to hometown bet Tran Thanh Tu Nguyen, Reyes was still hailed as the winner by a crowd of Vietnamese Vietnamese at Ha Dong Gymnasium. Wednesday is Filipino legend.
Race may not be the biggest star in this year’s games, but his legacy and influence in the sport is invaluable – including multiple medals and championships – although his charisma is undeniable.
After winning 100-55, a star proceeded to take a selfie with Tranah Reyes, whose toothless smile never goes out of style.
At the 2019 Games in Manila, where he also finished with a bronze medal in the same event, 67-year-old Reyes thought about retiring.
After losing in the semifinals in the 2019 edition, Reyes said, “I can’t really say, but it’s hard because my skills are declining instead of improving.
However, his presence is still very large.
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