ALVIN Lobreguito lost his opening match in Traditional Wrestling but entering the match was enough to hand Team Philippines a bronze medal in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium in Turkmenistan.
The lack of entries in the 57kg men’s freestyle put Lobreguito automatically into a semifinal match with home bet Ýakupnazar Yakubow, and both were assured of a bronze medal before their bout.
Egged on by a hometown crowd, Yakubow easily defeated Lobreguito, 4-0, to advance against Allanur Gocow, who won 4-0 versus Tajikistan’s Faridun Qurbonov.
It was a painful first day of action for the national team as three other Filipino grapplers dropped their assignments.
Neomi Tener lost to Ambreen Masih of Pakistan, 4-1, in the 58kg, Grace Loberanes suffered a 5-0 beating from Lacyn Badaglyyewa of Turkmenistan, 5-0, in 52kg, and Johnny Morte fell to Turkman Döwletgeldi Berdiyew, 5-0, in the 68kg.
Ten jiu-jitsu fighters are set to fight on Monday led by three-time International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation World Championship winner Meggie Ochoa and two-time Asian Beach Games gold medalist Annie Ramirez.
In the last Aimag in Incheon, South Korea back in 2013, the country won one gold and two bronze medals.
Filipino tennis players Jason Patrombon, Anna Clarice Patrimonio and Khim Iglupas open their campaign on Sunday.
The 19-year-old Iglupas and the 23-year-old Patrimonio will play in the women’s singles and will team up in the doubles.
Iglupas and Patrombon will play in the mixed event.