MANILA, Philippines – Filipino wushu fighters copped two gold medals and one silver in the recent Wushu Sanda World Cup in Wyuishan China.
Philboxing’s Eddie Alinea reported that Dembert Arcita and Jesse Aligaga snared the top places in their respective categories.
Arcita needed only two rounds to beat Vietnamese Hoang Hong Tu in the 52-kg class.
It was actually a rematch between Arcita and Hoang, who lost by knockout to the 27-year-old Ilongo in the 2011 edition of the tournament.
“My opponent was expecting I will rely on my fists as I did when I kayoed him the first time we fought. But, I surprised him with my grappling and kicking this time” Arcita told Alinea.
Aligaga, on the other hand, rallied in the last two rounds against Doan Yuang Cuong to claim the gold medal in the 48-kilogram division.
“I lost the first round but that thought me a lesson. Having read his strategy, I pressed my attacks in the next where he had a hard time hiding from my kicks and punches,” he said.
Benjie Rivera settled for silver after losing the losing the gold medal match against China’s Li Kang.