Wushu fighters Solis and Saclag deliver Philippines’ first Asiad medals

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Though not yet official and still can’t be seen in the medal tally, Wushu fighters Francisco Solis and Jean Claude Saclag have successfully delivered and assured Philippines’ first medals in the 17th Asian Games on Monday at Ganghwa Gymnasium, Incheon, Korea.

Solis gave Team Philippines its first medal after winning his quarterfinal bout in the men’s 56 kg Sanda in Wushu, beating Hong Kong’s Ting Hong Wong, 2-0.

Solis advanced to tomorrow’s semifinals against China’s Zhao Fuxiang, assuring him of at least a bronze medal if he fails to hurdle his bout tomorrow. But if goes through past Fuxiang, he will be vying for the gold on Wednesday.

Solis, who won a bronze medal in the Southeast Asian Games last year, earlier defeated Rehman Shams of Pakistan in Round of 16.

“He (Solis) is now very raring to go to the semifinals. Gusto na niyang lumaro agad,” said Wushu Federation of the Philippines secretary-general Julian Camacho afterwards.

Solis capped off his performance with a left kick to the face of Wong in the second round to clinch the victory.

Minutes later after Solis assured Team Philippines for at least a bronze medal, Saclag then followed suit after dominating Lin Tun Kyaw of Indonesia, 2-0, for a similar bronze medal and a berth in the semifinals of the -60 kg. sanda.

Saclag threw a solid left straight to Lin in the first round that left the Indonesian with a blooded nose. The Filipino pressed the attack in the second round by scoring a series of punches and kicks.

He will face India’s Narender Grewal in tomorrow’s semifinals.

In the distaff side, Divine Wally failed to become the third Filipino wushu bet in the semis after he lost to Kim Hyebin of South Korea, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the women’s -52kg sanda.

In tomorrow’s action, apart from Solis and Saclag, Wushu Taolu artist and SEA Games gold medalist, Daniel Parantac, will also be seeing action in the Men’s Taijijian and Taijiquan events.

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