Olympian Marestella Torres-Sunang used her 5th jump of 6 to register 6.10m, good for 3rd/bronze in the Women’s Long Jump at the Beach Athletics competition. Vietnam’s Bui Thi Chu Thao achieved a 6.32m jump on her 1st try, good for GOld, in spite of fouling all her other events. Her compatriot Nguyen Thi Truc Mai, got a Silver in 6.11. Marestella’s bronze was the first medal in Beach Athletics at ABG5.
The women’s 3×3 Basketball team lost to Turkmenistan 18-8 but managed to qualify for the next stage of competition with a rousing 16-11 win over Mongolia. he Mongolians were bigger but the quicker Perlas consistently got to the ring on dribble penetrations and got their opponents to commit 6 Team fouls. This allowed the Pinays to break open a close game at 11 all, as they were awarded 2 free throws for each foul after 6 instead of the usual 1.
“We were quicker, got to loose balls first, and got them in foul trouble”, effused Coach Mark Solano, “and we shot better against Mongolia. Against Turkmenistan, however, we played good D on their big, but weren’t making open looks on the kick outs. Now, we rest for Thursday and hope to meet Turkmenistan again. I am sure we will do better.”
The inspiring Ju-Jitsu Team did not do as well as previous days in the open weight competition as each of our fighters had to fight heavier opponents. SIlver medalist Gian Dee lost on points to Abid of Pakistan; Bronze Janina Napolis was submitted by Hatem of Jordan; and Gold Medalist Annie Ramirez lost on points to Rana of Jordan.
Early favorite and opening cermony flag bearer Gilbert Ramirez was defeated Turkman Temirov Muhamet and Eunice Lucero lost her 2nd match against Nguyen Phoing of Vietnam in the quarter finals, after she had defeated Aarti of India.
The Rowing competition saw Edgar Ilas ranked an encouragin 4th in the Solo CM1x class. Rowing Presdient Benjamin Ramos explained the difference between Beach Rowing and its Olympic version, “The boats are wider and have an open back side. Then, the course is a slalom, rather than straight
In other action, the PHI Beach Volleyball Women lost 2-0 to host Vietnam. Joey Romasanta, POC 1st Vice President siad, “Our opponents ahave been strong, such as world ranked China, but we are encouraged that our girls are improving.”
Ishmael Abdul Nasheef placed 5th in the Pecak Silat Men’s Tungal Finals. Tungal is the solo forms competion that judges speed, power, grace, and correct technique using bare hands and weapons.
Later in the evening, the POC hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner of sumptuous seafood for the most of the athletes, coaches, and staff still in Da Nang. “We want to show our appreciation for all the hard work the sports and support teams have done here in Da Nang,” remarked POC Chairman Tom Carrasco, “because everyone has done well.”
Sep 28 schedule: Beach Volleyball, Pencak Silat, Rowing, and Athletics. The Wrestling Team arrives today.
POC Thanksgiving Dinner
The Athletics Team at the dinner
Our formidable Ju-Jitsu Women (L-R): Apryl Eppinger, Janina Napolis, Annie Ramirez, Meggie Ochoa, Louann Jendani, Caroline Pajaron
Coach Dale uses feeding pole as selfie stick