Asian Games: PH wushu bets assured of bronze medals

Arnel Mandal wushu sanda

FILE – Philippines’ Arnel Mandal (blue) throws down Indonesia’s Pratama Laksamana Pandu (red) during the men’s Sanda 52 kg category in the Wushu competition final in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.– INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon

HANGZHOU, China—Arnel Mandal and Gideon Fred Padua gave Team Philippines a pair of virtual bronze medals in wushu on Tuesday night in men’s sanda at the Xiaoshan Guali Sports Centre here in the 19th Asian Games.

The 27-year-old Mandal, a one-time world champion in the combat event, sent Uzbekistan’s Jamshidbek Guliboev to the canvas twice and scored on kicks and multiple punches to prevail, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of their 56kg clash.

Mandal, who ruled the men’s 52kg during the 2015 World Sanda Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia, will meet Kyrgyzstan’s Avazbek Amanbekov in the semifinals on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Amanbekov subdued Thailand’s Thongchai Huanak, 2-0, in the other quarterfinal pairing.

Gideon Padua

FILE – The Philippines’ Gideon Fed Padua (blue) fights against Vietnam’s Bui Truong Giang (red) during the men’s Sanda 60 kg category in the Wushu competition final in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon

Padua, meanwhile, toppled Turkmenistan’s Agajumageldi Yazymov, 2-0, in the men’s 60kg quarterfinal, setting up a semifinal either against South Korea’s Kim Minsoo or Surya Bhanu Singh of India.

Mandal and Padua, a two-time Southeast Asian Games silver medalist, brightened up the mood for a Philippine team that will end the day without a medal to be added on its reserve.

So far, only two bronzes were collected by Filipino athletes courtesy of Patrick King Perez in taekwondo men’s individual poomsae and wushu artist Jones Inso in the men’s taijiquan-taijijian all-around.

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