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PHL kickboxers capture 4 golds in Asian meet

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JEAN CLAUDE SACLAG and Jovan Medallo led a four-gold medal binge by a Philippine team in the Asian Kickboxing Championships held recently at the Bangkok Youth Center in Thailand.

Medallo topped the senior men’s musical forms with 28.8 points, shoving Chinese-Taipei bets Hsuan Wu Chi (27.8) and Chiu Ta-Ting (25.7) to the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

“I would like to thank the Samahang Kickboxing ng Pilipinas [SKP] for motivating me at doing my best,” said Medallo, a 22-year-old farmer from Cebu City who used a nunchaku for his performance. “It feels so good to win for your country.” Back-to-back Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Saclag, on the other hand, blasted the opposition, as well as the other gold medalists Renalyn Dacquel and Gina Iniong Araos.

Saclag beat Thai Chaleamlap Santidongsakun, 3-0, in the final of the men’s low kick -63.5 kgs class before a hostile crowd, Dacquel made a short work of another hometown bet, Nitinat Plabplerng, 3-0, in the final of the women’s low kick -48 kgs division and double SEA Games gold medalist Gina Iniong Araos beat Hsiao Hsin Chi of Chinese-Taipei, 3-0, to cop the women’s low kick -60 kg gold medal.

“It’s a momentous week and I’m very, very proud of our fighters for bringing home gold medals,” said SKP secretary-general Wharton Chan, who thanked SKP president Senator Francis “Tol” Tolentino for his all-out support.

Fourteen Filipino kickboxers competed and brought home one silver and six bronze medals from the championships that served as a qualifier to the world championships in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, next year. Josef Ramos

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