ANGELES CITY — The national women’s team scored a sweep while the men’s side hauled three gold medals to underscore the country’s dominance in the arnis competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games Monday at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center here.
Composed of Sheena Del Monte, Jedah Mae Soriano, Ross Ashley Monville and Abegail Abad, the women’s squad turned back its rivals to complete a stunning sweep in the padded sticks competition.
Del Monte dominated Vietnamese foe Thi Huong Nguyen in the bantamweight 50-kg and below division while Soriano made short work of Myanmar’s Maw Maw Oo in the featherweight 50-kg to 55-kg category.
Monville, on the other hand, survived a close fight with Myanmar’s Moe Moe Aye in the lightweight 55-kg to 60-kg class while Abad scored a hairline victory over Vietnam’s Thi Cuc Nguyen in the welterweight 60-kg and above division.
The women’s victories matched the stunning sweep of the men’s squad in the full contact live stick competition and put behind its slow start in the same category.
Soriano said the victory didn’t come easy, adding that this was the first time she competed in front of her parents since her elementary days.
Meanwhile, the trio of Jesfer Huquire, Elmer Manlapas and Carloyd Tejada displayed precise aggressiveness during their matches to seal the gold medal.
Huquire turned back Cong Quoc Van of Vietnam in the bantamweight 55-kg and lower class while Manlapas handily beat Duc Tri Nguyen of Vietnam in the featherweight 55-kg to 60-kg category.
Tejada scored a convincing win over Vietnam’s Thanh Tung Vuong to raise the Filipinos’ total gold medal haul to 12 with still four events left in the biennial meet.