Philippine Wushu’s Jessie Aligaga and Jean Claude Saclag triumphed against the world’s bests yesterday as they claimed the gold medal in their respective categories at the 7th Sanda World Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Aligaga has successfully defended his title in the Men’s 48kg category, after defeating India’s Chandra Sigh Mayanglamban in the finals.
But prior to entering yesterday’s finals, Aligaga beat China’s Song Bu Er in a semifinal showdown between the 11th Wushu World Champion Aligaga and the 12th Wushu World Champion, Song Bu Er.
It was as sweet revenge for Aligaga over Song Bu Er who prevented him from winning his back-to-back world championship title last year.
Aligaga’s win over Song Bu Er has made him the 2nd Filipino athlete to have beaten a Chinese fighter in sanda event. The first to have won against powerhouse China was Ronald Bingwaoel in 1996, and it took Philippines 18 long years to beat another Chinese.
“Once again I thank you Lord for giving me again another chance putting myself into the limit…thank you for everything… To my family, friends,teammates and to all…thank you!thank you! Continue dreaming and your dream will become reality!!TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!” – Jessie Aligaga
Meanwhile, Saclag, the 2014 Asian Games silver medalist and 12th Wushu World Championship bronze medalist, clinched his first World Cup title after defeating Afghanistan’s Khaled Hotak Mohammad for the gold.
“GOD is good.thank you po sa mga nagdasal. Pnakinggan po tau ng Panginuon:). Lord thank u 4 the answered prayer” – Jean Claude Saclag
Twenty year-old Saclag showed great promise, and is now poised to winning his first ever World Championship title next year, after settling for the bronze last year.
Team Philippines ended its campaign at the 2014 Sanda World Cup with a clean sweep of 2 golds.
The 7th edition of the Sanda World Cup was participated by 57 world championship medalists/athletes from 18 countries
Chinese wushu practitioners were crowned champions at the end of the sporting event yesterday, with Iran finishing 2nd in medal tally, and Philippines in third place.