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SEA Games: Stunning routine hands Filipino pair muay gold

first_imgThe 37-year-old Calica from Baguio City said they were motivated to do better after Irendin Lepayan and Rusha Bayacsan settled for the silver medal in the women’s wai kru event.“We needed to push ourselves more for us to get the gold. We are here in our country, so we don’t want to let the crowd down,’’ said Calica.Hatem Rumijan and Mohamad Ismail of Malaysia placed second with 9.21 points and the Indonesian pair of Muhammad Sudirman and Lorens Walun got the bronze with 8.84 points in the four-nation event that includied Vietnam.Thanawan Thongduang and Ruchira Wongsriwo of Thailand, who came here as the heavy favorites, didn’t disappoint and captured the gold with 9.48 points, just a shade above the score of Bayacsan and Lepayan.“Knowing that Thailand got a very high score in the first round, we tried to cut the lead down by performing better in the second round,’’ said Lepayan in Filipino, a former pencak silat fighter. “We’re just not lucky to win this one.’’ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) SEA Games: Carlos Yulo comes up short in parallel bars, gets 4th silver NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img “I think the impact of our power and technique gave us the advantage,’’ said Calica in Filipino after the duo averaged 9.59 points in the double-round event.When they first took the floor, Gallaza and Calica demonstrated calmness but brandished the energy that moved the judges to throw in 9.59 points before the tandem exerted a better effort for an improved output of 9.61.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Both of them swore that the 40-day training camp in Thailand, the country where the combat sport originated, was the key to victory.“We were able to adopt their (Thais) technique and at the same time improved the movements,’’ said Gallaza, a prized find from Iloilo. Filipino athlete Jearome Calica (red shorts) and Joemar Gallaza (blue shorts) wins gold at the wai kru muay thai men’s competition of the 30th EA Games in Subic, Zambales on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDESUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Jearome Calica and Joemar Gallaza have added a new dimension to their routine that any wai kru performer will find it hard to duplicate.Showing a unique display of tricks and stunts, the Filipino pair claimed the gold medal in the Thai boxing dance ritual at the start of muay competitions in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Ha Huu Hieu Huynh and Thi Lua Tran of Vietnam placed third in the women’s category.Wai kru (Thai boxing dance), which made its debut in the Games, is a ritual performed by each participant before engaging in a fight atop the ring.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations View commentslast_img

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