SEA Games 2019: Team Lakay stars strike gold in Kickboxing
Santino Honasan on Dec 10, 2019 08:06 PM
Team Lakay's Gina Iniong
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Team Lakay MMA stars Gina Iniong and Jean Claude Saclag showcased their skills in a different battlefield as they snagged a pair gold medals for the Philippines in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Kickboxing competition, Tuesday evening at the Cuneta Astrodome here.
Iniong, a women's atomweight contender in the Asian MMA promotion ONE Championship, dominated her Thai opponent Apichaya Mingkhwan 3-0 in the gold medal match of the Women's 55 KG Kick Light Category. Iniong remained patient and picked her shots as her opponent threw an array of wild spinning attacks. Iniong timed her shots well and was able to knock Mingkhwan down on multiple occassions, leading to the convincing 3-0 victory on the scorecards.
"Maganda naman [yung pakiramdam] lalo na't ito yung unang laban ko sa amateur, lalo na dito sa SEA Games tapos kickboxing, first time ko lumaban ng kickboxing. " said Iniong. "Nagbunga naman yung hirap at pagod namin sa training at pag-hahanda, nasuklian naman ng magandang resulta."
In the Men's 63.5 KG Low Kick category, Saclag outstruck and frustrated Malaysia's "Jordan Boy" Mohammed Bin Mahmoud to earn a 3-0 victory. Saclag was relentless as he put the pressure on the Malaysian kickboxing bet, landing a number of good shots in the first round. The Pinoy remained aggressive in the second round as he continued to frustrate Bin Mahmoud, also a ONE Super Series veteran. Saclag kept the pressure on in the final round to seal the win.
Before Iniong and Saclag captured their gold medals, their fellow Team Lakay teammate Jerry Olsim was the first one to win gold for the Philippines in SEA Games kickboxing, beating Thailand's Sarayut Klinming, 3-0 in the Men's 69 KG Kick Light finals. Olsim, a veteran ONE Championship's developmental arm ONE Warrior Series, dominated all three rounds to get the win and the gold medal.
The Philippines also took home silver medals courtesy of Renalyn Daquel in the Women's 48 KG Kickboxing category, and Jomar Balangui in the Men's 54 KG Low Kick category.
Karol Maguide, meanwhile, took home bronze in the Men's 51 KG Full Contact Category.