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CAR athletes clinch 5 silver, 4 bronze medals in 30th SEAG
by Ofelia C. Empian

SEAG MEDALISTS -- Crisamuel Delfin of Baguio won a gold medal in the non-traditional men’s division while the tandem of Stephani Sabalo of Baguio and Michael Angelo Marquez also won silver medal in the jive event, aside from the two gold medals in dancesport in the ongoing 30th Southeast Asian Games being hosted by the country. -- Contributed photos

Aside from winning gold medals, other athletes from the Cordillera contributed to the still rising medal haul of the Philippines in the ongoing 30th Southeast Asian Games.

As of press time, Cordillera athletes collected five silver and four bronze medals helping launch the country on top of the ladder.

The dancesports duo of Baguio-raised Stephanie Sabalo together with partner Michael Angelo Marquez bagged silver in the jive event of the dancesport competition on Dec. 1.

The next day’s event, wushu competition saw La Trinidad, Benguet pride Jones Llabares Inso winning silver in the men’s taijijian event, contributing to the country’s 14th silver medal.

Inso, who is now based in Pasay City to train with the national team, scored 9.65 close to the 9.68 score of gold medalist Loh Choon How of Malaysia.

The 22-year-old Inso also won bronze medal with fellow Cordilleran teammate Thornton Sayan and Quezon City’s Johnzenth Gajo in the men’s duilian.

In his SEAG debut, Gideon Padua struck silver in the 60-kilogram men’s wushu-sanda. Padua, who is a junior member of the national team, was trained at an early age by former World Wushu Championship gold medalist Benjie Rivera.

Other silver medalists are Billy Joel Valenzuela for arnis in the full contact lightweight class and Rusha Bayacsan for the women’s waikru of the Muay Thai competition.

For the bronze medals, constant SEAG medalist Daniel Parantac brought home the medal in the men’s taolu taijiquan of wushu.

This could be the last SEAG appearance for Parantac who brought medals for the country in various international games.

Baguio’s Eza Rai Cael Yalong also contributed a bronze in arnis full contact, live stick in the light weight division while Helen Dawa earned a bronze in the -52 kg category of the kurash (judo) competition.

The other Cordilleran silver and bronze medalists are being compiled as of press time.

 
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