Dumaan ends PHI’s drought in pencak
Dines Dumaan gave Team Philippines its 24th gold medal after dominating Pencak Silat's 45-50 kg division of the men’s tanding putra Class A .
KUALA LUMPUR --- Dines Dumaan delivered a masterful performance to cop the Philippines’ 24th gold medal as he dominated the pencak silat competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center here.
A native of Panitan town in Capiz, the 22-year old Dumaan overcame Firman of Indonesia in the finals to win the 45-50 kg division of the men’s tanding putra Class A.
Mastafa Fitri Masjuri of Malaysia and Muhammad Ridhwan Selamat of Singapore settled for the bronze medals.
Dumaan’s victory capped a very fruitful day for the pencak silat squad, which last won the gold medal in the biennial meet back in 2005 Manila SEA Games courtesy of Earl Buenviaje in the men’s Class F 70-75 kg category.
Prior to him, also emerging victorious for the national pencak silat squad are Princesslyn Enopia, Rickrod Ortega and Jefferson Rhey Loon, who bagged the bronze medal in their respective, events.
Enopia finished third in the women’s tanding Class A division while Ortega and Loon placed third in the men’s tanding Class C 55-60 kg and men’s tanding Class D 60-65 kg category, respectively.