SEA Games: It’s wushu fighters’ turn to get on PH gold-medal board

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 03 2019 04:32 PM | Updated as of Dec 03 2019 11:07 PM

Jessie Aligaga competes in the 48-kg class in men's sanda in SEA Games wushu on Monday. On Tuesday, he clinched the gold medal. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

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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