SEA Games: Filipino wushu betting wins four bronze medals

FI:E-Philippines’ Wally Divine (blue) battling Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Chinh (red) during the Women’s Sanda 48kg category in the Wushu competition final in the 30th Southeast Asian Games 2019 PHOTO INVESTIGATOR/ Sherwin Vardeleon

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine wushu team added four sanda bronze medals to cap their 31st stint at the Southeast Asian Games on Sunday at the Cau Giay Gymnasium in Vietnam.

Four athletes settled for third place after losing to Vietnamese opponents in the semi-finals in four different sanda events.

Clemente Tagubara Jr. lost to Vietnam’s Van Tai Nguyen 0-1 in the men’s sanda 70kg semifinal.

Francisco Solis also gave in to a bet from his hometown Van Chuong Truong 0-2 in the 65kg semi-finals, while Gideon Padua finished third after a 0-2 loss to Vietnam’s Truong Giang Bui in the 60 kg.

Divine Wally, the country’s only female sanda athlete, also picked up a bronze medal as she trailed Thi Chinh Nguyen 1-2 in the women’s 48kg semi-final.

Arnel Mandal was the country’s only sanda gold medalist after beating Indonesia’s Laksmana Pandu Pratama in the men’s 56kg final.

Women’s taolu taolu gold medalist Agatha Wong and the entire Filipino wushu team arrived home Monday morning.

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