Saclag barges into semifinals; 3 other PH kickboxers fall

Published May 8, 2022, 9:37 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Reigning gold medalist Jean Claude Saclag barged into the semifinal round while three other Filipino kickboxers fell to their respective opponents in the 2021 Southeast Asian Games at the Multi-Purpose Hall Gymnasium in Bac Ninh, Vietnam.

In this file photo, Philippines’ Jean Claude Saclag (red) attacks Malaysia’s Mohammed Mahmoud in the kickboxing -63.5kg low kick event during the 30th Southeast Asian Games at Cuneta Astrodome last December 10, 2019. (MB File Photo)

Saclag bested Latxasak Souliyavon of Laos with a 3-0 sweep in the men’s low kick -63.5 division and assured himself of at least a bronze medal.

Kurt Lubrica, however, yielded to Thai foe Chaiway Sungnoi at the -57kg, 2-1.

In men’s full contact action, Jomar Estaban absorbed a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Racchan Toch of Cambodia in the -57kg category.

Carlos Alvarez also suffered a 3-0 sweep against Vietnamese Nguyen The Huong, who was the 2019 SEA Games bronze medalist.

Saclag and Nguyen already met in the -63.6kg low kick duel in the 2019 edition here in the Philippines but it was the Team Lakay member who emerged victorious and eventually bagged the gold medal.