Filipino wushu fighters accounted for five gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday, giving the hosts the general title in the Chinese martial arts at the end of the 3-day tournament.
Tuesday's winners were: Clemente Tagubara Jr. (men's sanda 65 kg), Francisco Solis (men's sanda 56 kg), Arnel Roa Mandal (men's sanda 52 kg), Jessie Aligaga (men's sanda 48 kg) and Divine Wally (women's sanda 48 kg).
En route to their respective first-place finishes in the sanda event (Chinese kickboxing), Aligaga defeated Permana Ade of Indonesia, Mandal downed Pratama Laksamana of Indonesia, Solis edged Widiyanto Yusuf of Indonesia, Tagubara got past Suksanguan Kittisak of Thailand, and Wally beat Nguyen Thi Chinh of Vietnam.
Along with Agatha Wong's gold medals — she also won the taijijian title (straight sword form) on Tuesday — the Philippines collected seven gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
The last time the country emerged as the overall champion in wushu was in the 2005 SEA Games in Manila with 12 gold, four silver and two bronze medals.
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