Issue of August 5, 2018
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Four Cordillerans win 4 bronze medals for RP team in Thailand
by Ofelia C. Empian

Four Cordilleran athletes, who represented the Philippines brought home four bronze medals during the Muay Thai Championship of the 2018 FISU World University Games in Pattaya, Thailand recently.

The team’s win was courtesy of Jenelyn Olsim of the University of Baguio and Sheila Omalio, Labfas Chengay, and Jay-Mar Palista of the Benguet State University, each taking home a bronze medal during the event held from July 23 to 29.

Olsim placed third in the 54-kilogram category while Omalio competed in the 51kg and Chengay in the 57kg. The three Cordilleran female athletes helped place the Philippine team in the overall top four, with Thailand snagging the number one spot with 2-1-2 gold-silver-bronze medal tally.

Poland came second with one silver medal and France with one silver and one bronze medals for third place.

In the male category, Palista won bronze in the 81kgwith the Philippines placing 14th overall with Thailand topping the category with four gold medals and two bronze medals.

National team athletes Jim Apopot (BSU), Khen Claude Sarmiento (Muay Thai Association of the Philippines), and Hans Macatangay (MAP) also gave their best during the international competition.

“It is with great pleasure to be given a chance to compete against the best university Muay Thai athletes in the world. We learned so much from this experience and the medals we received are just a bonus,” said BSU Director of the Institute of Human Kinetics Rex John Bawang.

“We thank BSU and our sponsors for making this possible. Thanks also to Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines and Muay Thai Association of the Philippines for endorsing our delegation and to the parents and family members of the athletes for their full support,” he added.

The seven Filipino Muay Thai athletes, some also competing in mixed martial arts, have joined various athletes in more than 40 countries that joined this year’s edition of the FISU World University Championships at the Hard Rock Hotel in Thailand.

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