One fought in opposition to his idol. The opposite, for in all probability the final time.
In excessive drama on the taekwondo flooring within the thirty second Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games, Kurt Barbosa and Samuel Morrison spearheaded a four-gold haul by the nationwide jins right here in Cambodia, boosting a Philippine marketing campaign that was virtually headed for one more lean output on Saturday.
Barbosa, a Tokyo Olympian, defeated his long-time idol, Ramnarong Sawekwiharee of Thailand, within the finals of the lads’s 54kg class for the taekwondo group’s first gold on Saturday.
“I all the time appeared as much as him (Sawekwiharee) ever since I started taking part in this sport,” Barbosa, who has dominated the finweight division for the reason that 2019 SEA Video games in Manila. “To be sincere, he’s my inspiration to turn into higher every time I combat.’’
Arven Alcantara struck gold instantly after with a victory over one other Thai in Chaichon Cho within the 68kg class.
Morrison then stepped on the ground, gained his closing match and introduced that he would not compete within the regional meet.
Late fourth gold
“That is my final SEA Video games. I have already got a household and I intend to only concentrate on my enterprise,’’ stated Morrison, who will put up a taekwondo fitness center as quickly as he retires after the Asian Video games in September.
Morrison subdued Indonesia’s Nicholas Armanto within the males’s 87kg finals on the Chroy Changvar Conference Corridor, capping a rewarding stint in these Video games the place the 33-year-old gained 4 gold medals in a storied profession.
Even later within the night time, the nationwide taekwondo group added a fourth gold on Saturday as Kirstie Elaine Alora trounced Thi Huong Nguyen of their girls’s -73kg title duel.
And Alora, who has competed within the regional meet since her triumphant debut in 2005, plans to remain on for so long as she will be able to.
“So long as my physique permits me, I’ll proceed to compete for our nation,’’ stated the 33-year-old Alora.
Boxing got here by way of with a gold courtesy of Ian Clark Bautista.
Bautista fought a tactical battle in opposition to Asri Udin of Indonesia and unanimously prevailed to clinch the lads’s featherweight title.The remainder of the boxers who fought their closing matches Saturday settled for silver.
Rogen Ladon misplaced the title he gained for 2 straight editions beginning in 2019 after bowing to Thailand’s Thanarat Saengphet of their flyweight showdown.
Vietnam’s Thi Linh Ha, in the meantime, used her size to the hilt and prevailed over Riza Pasuit of their girls’s welterweight title conflict.
Irish Magno misplaced her try and get payback in opposition to Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand and settled for the silver of their 54-kg finale.
Jitpong additionally claimed Magno’s scalp throughout the 2021 SEA Video games in Hanoi, Vietnam.
5 extra Filipino boxers will hunt for gold on Sunday.
The nationwide weightlifting squad delivered silvers courtesy of a few of its younger abilities.
Angeline Colonia, 16, bagged a silver medal within the girls’s 45kg after a complete carry of 148kg—68kg within the snatch and 80kg within the clear and jerk.
Pretty Inan, an 18-year-old nationwide champion from Angono, Rizal, compiled a complete carry of 178 kilograms constructed on her efforts in snatch (78kg) and the clear and jerk (100kg) to put second behind Thailand’s Sanikun Tanasan within the 49kg class. John Fabuar Ceniza additionally settled for silver within the males’s 61kg class.
Later Saturday, Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales downed Indonesia’s Nathan Barki and Christopher Rungkat in a come-from-behind 2-6, 7-5, 10-5 win for the tennis doubles gold.
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