PH earns two more bronzes as Ladon snaps boxing team’s skid

The Philippines scooped two more bronze medals—one in pencak silat and one in karatedo—on Monday in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Cherry May Regalado placed third in the women’s pencak silat seni-putri tunggal (form) event at the Padepokan Pencak Silat, TMII.

Regalado scored 444 points but wasn’t enough to beat Indonesian Puspa Arumsari (467) and Singaporean Mohammad Yazid Nurzuhairah (445), who clinched the gold and the silver medal, respectively.

Despite placing third in her category, the former Aklan State University graduate said she is very satisfied in getting the bronze for the country.

“This is not what I expect,” Regalado, who plays Pencak Silat for six years, told The Manila Times in an online interview on Monday. “But my category is subjective so it is up to the judges if what kind of performance they want. Still, I’m thankful to God that he gave me the bronze.”

Olympian Roden Ladon hits a strong left against an Indonesian foe during the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. PHOTO FROM SINGSOC (Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee)

“I’m happy because this is a rare opportunity. This is also the first time that Pencak Silat is held in the Asian Games. It is also hard to win a medal here since all the powerhouse countries are here,” added Regalado.

She made it to the finals last Saturday after finishing joint second with Vietnam’s Vuong Thi Binh on scores of 447 in Group A of the women’s single preliminary round.

It was the country’s third bronze in pencak silat, a traditional martial arts event originated in Southeast Asia particularly in Indonesia. Dines Dumaan (men’s 50 kg-to-55 kg) and Jefferson Rhey Loon (men’s 60 kg to 65 kg) also bagged bronzes last Sunday.

Alfau Jan Abad and Almohaidib Abad were not fortunate like Regalado after finishing only at sixth spot in the men’s double final (form) event with a score of 545, while the Philippines men’s team also settled at sixth place with 436 score in the men’s team (form) final class.

In karate, Junna Tsukii beat Thai Raksachart Paweena, 4-1, in the repechage stage to earn the bronze medal in the women’s 50 kg. kumite.

Tsukii lost to Bkahriniso Babaeva of Uzbekistan, 1-2, in the quarterfinals that relegated her for the battle of the bronze medal.

In other karate results, Afif Sharief lost to Ryutaro Araga of Japan, 0-8, in the men’s –84 kg round of 16. He also bowed to Wu Chunwei of Taiwan, 0-6, in the repechage round.

With Tsukii’s bronze medal, the Philippines now has 12 bronze medals on top of three golds courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, golfer Yuka Saso and the women’s golf team.

In boxing, Olympian Rogen Ladon ended the Philippine boxing’s losing skid by crushing Chaudahry Prem of Nepal via unanimous decision (5-0) in the preliminary round of the flyweight competition at the Jakarta Expo Boxing Hall.

James Pelicte, on the other hand succumbed to Uzbek foe Abdurasulov Shunkor via unanimous decision in their men’s lightweight bout also on Sunday.

The post PH earns two more bronzes as Ladon snaps boxing team’s skid appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

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