Asian Games: Divine Wally secures bronze medal in wushu

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Posted at Aug 22 2018 08:55 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2018 01:52 AM

Divine Wally (left) secured a bronze medal in women's sanda (-52 kilograms) in the Asian Games wushu competition in Jakarta on Wednesday. Handout

Divine Wally secured a bronze medal in women's sanda (-52 kilograms) in the Asian Games wushu competition in Jakarta on Wednesday.

It is the Philippines' fifth bronze in these Games and sixth medal overall.

Wally's feat also brings to 2 the number of medals won by Filipino wushu practitioners, following Agatha Wong's bronze in women’s taolu.

Wally, 24, settled for a tie for third on the podium following a 2-1 loss to a taller and more aggressive Samiroumi Elaheh Mansoryan of Iran in their semifinals match at Jakarta International Expo.

The five-foot flat Wally tried her best to connect on her strikes, but the 5-foot-6, 2-time world champion Mansoryan evaded them, while landing on her attacks to advance to the final set Thursday.

Mansoryan won silver in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea in 2014.

Mansoryan was simply too much against Wally as the Iranian fighter dominated her Filipina opponent in the final two rounds after trailing the first 1-0.

Wally, who took up the sport when she was 18, improved on her fifth-place finish in the previous Games.

Wally, the 48-kilograms champion at the Asian Championships in 2016, was assured of the bronze after beating Petriwi Selviah of Indonesia 2-0 in the quarterfinals. 

She earlier subdued Mimi Yoysaykham of Laos 2-0.

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