After an almost perfect performance yesterday, six Filipino wushu athletes will vie for Philippines’ first gold today at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium A, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
First to see action in today’s afternoon finals is eighteen year old, Divine Wally who will face Vietnam’s Thi Chinh Nguyen in the women’s 48kg sanda gold medal match.
Nineteen year old Wally, one of the last additions to this year’s Philippine SEA Games roster, beat Malaysia’s Chi Leng Lim in yesterday’s semifinal round. This young fighter is tipped to win Philippines first gold medal in this year’s SEA Games.
Also seeing action in the afternoon’s finals are Jessie Aligaga who beat Van Bau To of Vietnam, 2-1, in the men’s 48kg semifinals; Dembert Arcita who beat Indonesia’s Harba Sibuea, 2-0, in the men’s 52 kg semifinals; and Evita Elise Zamora who overpowered Danusone Buddybausisavath of Laos, 2-0, in the women’s 52 kg semifinals.
Aligaga will face Indonesia’s Dasmantua Simbolon in today’s finals, while Arcita and Zamora will fight for the gold against Phithak Paokrathok of Thailand and Thu Hoai Nguyen of Vietnam respectively.
Not so lucky in yesterday’s semifinal battle was Francisco Solis who settled for the bronze after he was beaten by Khamla Sou Khaphone of Laos, 2-0, in the men’s 56kg category semifinals.
In the Taolu category John Kiethley Chan and Norlence Catolico will also vie for the gold medal in the men’s Daoshu event today at 10:30am Manila time.