John Baylon delivers Philippines’ first 4th Asian Beach Games medal


Fifty year-old John Baylon delivered Philippines’ first medal in the 4th Asian Beach Games as he won the bronze of the Men’s -80kg Jujitsu event yesterday in Phuket, Thailand.

The 9-time SEA Games gold medalist Baylon defeated Thailand’s Sooknatee Suntra (99.0 – 4.0) to clinch the bronze medal, after he was defeated by Mohammad Mansooridavar of Iran in the semifinal round.

Philippines’ Maybelline Masuda and Annie Ramirez will see action today in the Women’s -60kg and -50kg Jujitsu events.

Masuda faces Vietnam’s Anh Thu Ha in the quarterfinals of the Women’s -50kg Jujitsu event, while Ramirez will fight it out with another Vietnamese, Thi Quynh Nguyen, for a place in the semifinals of the Women’s -60kg jujitsu event.

Meanwhile, The Philippine Aguilas suffered a big blow in their campaign at the Beach Flag Football event as they lost all their three preliminary games yesterday.

The Philippine Aguilas bowed down to a young Chinese squad, 26-32 in their first game, and was then clobbered by Japan, 61-6 in their second preliminary game. They were again beaten by Kuwait, 41-12, in their third preliminary game of the day.

Today, they will face Thailand and India to round-up their preliminary matches in Phuket.

Thailand currently tops the Beach Flag Football leaderboard with 126 points (3 Wins, 0 Lozz), closely followed by Japan with 103 points (3 Wins, 0 Loss), and then China with 40 points (2 Wins, 1 Loss).

Team Kuwait ranks 4th with 18 points (1 Win, 2 Losses), Philippines in 5th place (-90 points) and Indian in 6th (-197 points).

Only top 4 countries/teams will advance to the Semifinal Round tomorrow.

Apart from today’s action in Jujitsu and Beach Flag Volleyball, Team Philippines will also be seeing action in the Squash event where Reymark Begornia and David William Pelino start their campaign in the Men’s Singles event.

Begornia faces Hong Kong’s Chi Him Wong in the round of 16, while Pelino is set to meet India’s Kush Kumar also in the round of 16.

If both Begornia and Pelino hurdle their first round opponent today, they will advance to the quarterfinal round scheduled at 20:40 pm today.

After yesterday’s action, Philippines ranks 13th in the Medal tally with 1 Bronze, along with Iraq, Nepal and Syria.

Mongolia tops the medal tally with 5 Gold and 1 Bronze medals, followed by UAE and Pakistan.

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