MANILA, Philippines -- Four of five Filipino fighters bested their opponents on Sunday to barge into the final round of the kickboxing competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Renalyn Dacquel bannered the PH squad with a second round referee-stopped-contest victory over Indonesia’s Priscilla Lumban in the women’s -48kg full contact class.
Dacquel, a 22-year-old native of Abra, was the aggressor throughout, banking on her boxing skills as a pro fighter to demolish her foe.
"It's a nice feeling to see your training bearing fruit," said Dacquel. "The training is really taxing."
Gina Iniong outclassed Vietnam’s Lai Thi Nga 3-0 for a shot at the gold medal in the women’s -55kg kick light category while Jerry Olsim scored a 3-0 win over Indonesia’s Serial Efendi in the men's -69kg kick light division.
The fourth Filipino fighter, Jomar Balanguie, also moved a win away from the men’s -54kg low kick title after beating Cambodi’s Cham Khem.
But Karol Maguide yielded to Indonesian Rumahpasal Aprilando of Indonesia 0-3 in the men’s 51kg full contact semifinal.
Jean Claude Saclag hopes to follow his teammates to the finals when he fights in the men’s 63.5kg low kick semifinal on Monday.
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