SEA Games: PH kickboxing assured of 8 medals

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Posted at May 10 2022 05:20 PM

People walk past a banner advertising the upcoming 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, 09 May 2022. Luong Thai Linh, EPA-EFE.
People walk past a banner advertising the upcoming 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, 09 May 2022. Luong Thai Linh, EPA-EFE.

Filipino kickboxers are living up to expectations so far in the 31st Southeast Asian Games.

Eight kickboxers are assured of medals in the SEA Games, after Tuesday's action at the Bac Ninh provincial gymnasium.

Zephania Ngaya drew a bye for a guaranteed silver medal in women's 65 kgs class of full contact. She will face the winner between Huyinh Thi Aikvee of host Vietnam and Jessie Yothawan of Thailand in the final set on Friday.

Four more Filipina kickboxers also assured themselves of bronze after also drawing byes. 

But Renalyn Dacquel could advance to a potential bronze medal if she beats Boonpeng Kanwara in a women's full contact -48 kgs class fight, set late Tuesday.

Gretel De Paz faces either Le Thi Nhi of Vietnam or Pieter Fiandra Ariesta of Indonesia in the gold medal round of the -56 kgs, also of women's full contact on Wednesday. 

Claudine Veloso battles Vietnamese Bui Hai Linh in the semifinals of the 52 kg women's low kick class, and Gina Iniong meets Malaysian Radzuan Hayatun Nahijin in the semifinals of 60 kg women's low kick event.

The Samahang Kickboxing ng Pilipinas headed by president Francis Tolentino is hoping the seven bronze and one silver will turn to gold medals on the final day of kickboxing.

Former wushu champion Jean Claude Saclag also assured himself of a bronze medal via a 3-0 victory over Souliyavong Latxasak of Laos last Sunday.

Honorio Banario and Emmanuel Cantores joined Saclag as potential gold medalists by disposing of their opponents on Monday night.

Banario scored a 3-0 win over Indonesian Tanoi Yermias Yohanes in the quarterfinals in male low kick -71 kg class and Cantores beat Malaysian Ain Kamarrudin, 3-0, also in the quarterfinal phase of low kick -60 division to advance to the semifinals stage.

Daryl Chulipas unfortunately lost to Indonesia's Salmri Stendra, 0-3, in the men's full contact 51 kg quarterfinals.