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    Ju-jitsu fighters Maybel Masuda, Annie Ramirez give Philippines first gold medals in Asian Beach Games

    Nov 14, 2014

    IT didn’t take long for the Philippines to score gold medals in the 4th Asian Beach Games as it tabbed two on Thursday in Phuket, Thailand.

    Maybel Masuda won the Philippines’ first-ever gold medal in the Asian Beach Games after beating Dao Le Thu Trang of Vietnam, 15-0, in the women’s 50kg event in ju-jitsu a day before the formal opening of the fourth edition of the biennial event.

    Annie Ramirez beat Onanong Saengsirichok of Thailand, 99-0, in the women’s -60kg ju-jitsu event to also win a gold medal.

    Long-time judoka John Baylon won the first medal for the Philippines on Thursday, when he won the bronze medal in the men’s ju-jitsu 80kg class by beating Suntra Sooknatee of Thailand.

    The opening ceremony of the 4th Asian Beach Games was held on Friday but several events have already started including ju-jitsu and flag football.

    Filipino athletes from wushu, wrestling, basketball, squash, and flag football will also see action in the Games.

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