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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, December 3, 2019
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Pencak Silat delivers maiden win


Pencak Silat delivered its maiden gold for the Philippines after Edmar Tacuel topped the men’s seni tunggal event at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center yesterday.

The 20-year old from Tubongan, Iloilo impressed the judges in his first-ever biennial meet stint with 470 points, edging Muhammad Iqbal Bin Abdul Rahman of Singapore who bagged the silver with 461 points and bronze finisher Dino Bima Sulistianto who settled for 460 points.

Tacuel, sixth of the seven children of a farmer and a housekeeper, couldn’t contain his emotion after adding to the country’s gold harvest.

“I’m so happy that I won gold medal,” he said.

Tacuel bared that his knowledge in arnis -- his first sport since 2012 -- helped him big jumping into pencak silat. He became part of the national team in April this year then straightly went to rigorous training in Singapore and Thailand.

Also in Subic, Asian elite champion Monica Torres sustained her energy despite an upset stomach to clinch the women’s duathlon at the Subic Bay Boardwalk.

Torres ruled the 10km run-40km bike-5km run after finishing in two hours, eight minutes and 44 seconds.

The three-time Powerman Asia Duathlon Champion was followed by Pareeya Sonsem of Thailand, who clocked 2:11:18, while Thi Phuong Trinh Nguyen of Vietnam delivered the first duathlon medal for her country by pocketing the bronze medal in 2:14:20.

Earlier, a disappointed Joey Delos Reyes finished second with a time of 1:53:05 for the silver medal in the men’s side.

Jauhari Johan gave Indonesia its second gold after ruling the grueling 10km run-40km bike-5km run in one hour, 52 minutes, and 51 seconds.*


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