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SEA Games: Jerry Olsim gives PH first kickboxing gold

By Kristel Satumbaga

Jerry Olsim gave the Philippines its first gold medal in kickboxing on Monday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Philippines' Jerry Olsim, blue, lands a low kick to Thailand's Klinming Sarayut to bag the gold medal in the kickboxing -69kg kick light event in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at Cuneta Astrodome, December 9, 2019. (MB Photo / Rio Leonelle Deluvio / Canon 1DX Mark II with 400mm f2.8 lens)

Philippines’ Jerry Olsim, blue, lands a low kick to Thailand’s Klinming Sarayut to bag the gold medal in the kickboxing -69kg kick light event in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at Cuneta Astrodome, December 9, 2019. (MB Photo / Rio Leonelle Deluvio / Canon 1DX Mark II with 400mm f2.8 lens)

Olsim, a mixed martial arts specialist, dominated Thailand’s Klinming Sarayut to win the men’s -69kg kick light division.

The Nationals, however, failed to make it 3-of-3 on the penultimate day of the competition after Renalyn Dacquel and Jomar Balangui yielded to their Vietnamese counterparts.

Dacquel, a pro boxer, lost to Nguyen Thi Hang Nga, 2-1 in the women’s -48kg full contact while Balangui bowed to Phan Ba Hoi, 2-1, in the men’s -54kg low kick.

The PH still has one more shot at the gold when Gina Iniong battles in the women’s -55kg kick light category on Tuesday.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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