The Philippines’ Team Bagsik Muaythai fighters successfully raised the national flag in Hong Kong after reaping 3 golds at the 2019 East Asian Muaythai Championships.
The 10-member Philippine delegation secured a total of 10 medals in Muaythai competitions held from August 15 to 18 at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai in Hong Kong – the same host city-state where Philippine bowling teams, young mathletes, and young taekwondo players won their respective golds recently.
Filipina Muaythai fighters Colleen Saddi, Jenelyn Olsim, and Ariel Lampacan led the country’s medal haul with a gold medal for each in their respective events.
Baguio’s City pride Jenelyn Oslim picked up the gold in a successful defense of her title in the 54 kgs. category.
“Syempre nakakaproud po at masaya po ako dahil ako po uli ang nakakuha ng gintong medalya although hindi ko po nakuha ‘yong best athlete (I am proud and happy for winning another gold medal although I didn’t win the best athlete award),” Oslim shared.
Lampacan also shared the secret of the Philippines’ Team Bagsik in the competition.
“Disiplina lang po sa sarili, training nang mabuti at sundin ang sinasabi ng coach (Self-discipline, proper training and listen to the coach),” said gold medalist Lampacan.
National team mentor Billy Alumno was hailed as the tournament’s Best Coach after delivering the successful campaign in Hong Kong where all Filipino players won medals in their respective events.
Here are the Filipino Muaythai players who won medals at the 2019 East Asian Muaythai Championships:
Colleen Saddi (women’s 48 kgs.)
Jenelyn Olsim (women’s 54 kgs.)
Ariel Lampacan (men’s 54 kgs.)
Islay Erika Bomogao (women’s 45 kgs.)
Phillip Delarmino (men’s 57 kgs.)
Hanzel Bilog (men’s 60 kgs.)
Ryan Jakiri (men’s 63.5 kgs.)
Jerry Olsim (men’s 71 kgs.)
Lianne Benito (women’s 51 kgs.)
Sid Anthony Capuchino (men’s 51 kgs.)
With 3 golds, 5 silvers, and 2 bronze medals from the tournament, the Philippine delegates bagged first runner up over-all, next to host team Hong Kong’s 4 golds.
Team Bagsik’s stint in Hong Kong served as their preparation for the upcoming 2019 Chungju World Martial Arts Masterships to be held from August 30 to September 6 in Korea and the 30th Southeast Asian Games to be held in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11, 2019.
The country’s big win in the international martial arts tourney in Hong Kong follows the triumph of Filipino fighters who recently brought home medals and glory such as the Philippines’ Jiu-Jitsu athletes with 10 medals from Thailand Ju-jitsu Open Grand Prix 2019, and Jiu Jitsu superstar Meggie Ochoa’s bronze from the 2019 World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship in California and from gold the 4th Jiu Jitsu Asian Championships in Mongolia.
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