Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

FILE–Fiipino wushu gold medalist Arnel Mandal. ARNEL MANDAL FACEBOOK

HANGZHOU, CHINA—Sanda fighter Arnel Mandal is certain to ship the primary silver medal for Staff Philippines within the nineteenth Asian Video games after downing Kyrgyzstan’s Avazkev Amanbekov, 2-0, within the semifinals of the boys’s 56kg on Wednesday evening.

The 27-year-old Mandal’s calculated takedowns received the approval of the judges whereas effectively defending himself from Amanbekov’s relentless kicks in the middle of their two-round battle on the Xiaoshan Guali Sports activities Centre.

“My technique was to maintain him from taking management of the combat. I made positive his wrestling expertise and kicking received’t be an element and I succeeded,’’ stated Mandal, the 2015 world champion within the males’s 52kg, in Filipino.

After topping every of his final three fights in a breeze, Mandal will face the last word check within the match after China’s Jiang Haidong dominated Vietnam’s Hua Van Doan, 2-0, within the different semifinal match.

“I’ll simply do my finest. That is already the gold medal that we’re speaking about and I’ll absolutely go all out even when I’m dealing with a fighter from the host nation,’’ stated Mandal, who additionally positioned second twice within the 2017 and 2019 world championships.

He received the 2015 World Sanda Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia.


In the meantime, Filipino wushu officers determined to not discipline Gideon Fred Padua within the semifinals of the boys’s 60kg, leaving the latter with a positive bronze medal on the desk.

In response to Wushu Federation of the Philippines president Freddie Jalasco, they’re skeptical on permitting Padua to combat Iran’s Shoja Panahigelehkolaei within the semis.

Padua suffered a damaged nostril bridge in a powerful quarterfinal win over Turkmenistan’s Agajumageldi Yazymov on Tuesday evening.

“We don’t wish to danger it. He has to endure surgical procedure and miss the world championships on the finish of the yr,’’ stated Jalasco.

Clemente Tabugara Jr. didn’t have the identical luck as Mandal, dropping his semifinal encounter in opposition to Indonesia’s Samuel Marbun, 0-2, within the males’s 65kg bracket.

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With Tabugara Jr. assured of a bronze after downing Kazakhstan’s Abdusamat Ashirov within the males’s 65kg, the nationwide wushu crew is already gazing one silver and two extra bronzes following Jones Inso’s third-place efficiency within the males’s taijiquan-taijijian all-around.

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