PHNOM PENH—Faraway from energetic grappling for a very long time, Maria Cristina Vergara returned to the mat on Monday and rewarded the Philippines and herself with a shiny gold medal on the thirty second Southeast Asian Video games.
Vergara introduced down Cambodia’s Sambat Vannak by superiority within the ladies’s 65kg in freestyle wrestling for the nation’s second gold within the sport following Jason Balabal’s victory within the males’s Greco Roman 87kg on Sunday.
Summoning her outdated kind, Vergara took down the Cambodian grappler a number of instances for a 12-2 win amid preventing in hostile territory.
“Competing right here within the SEA Video games is an enormous sacrifice for me,’’ mentioned Vergara, who’s now a part of the nationwide workforce teaching employees and a last-minute alternative for an injured Filipino entry.
One of many best grapplers Group Philippines ever produced, Vergara was a two-time SEA Video games gold medalist throughout her prime, successful her weight class within the 2003 Vietnam and 2005 Manila editions of the 11-nation meet.
She retired proper after the 2007 Video games in Thailand earlier than becoming a member of the nationwide workforce teaching employees a number of years later.
“I ended taking part in and was gone for greater than 10 years, however I used to be capable of execute the methods that I used earlier than,’’ added Vergara, who defeated Sopha Thammavong of Laos by superiority within the semifinals.
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