JOHN Baylon will be seeking his 10th gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games, but in a different sport.
The 54-year-old Baylon is set to make his SEA Games comeback via kurash, a Central Asian martial arts form that will be making its debut in the biennial showcase.
Baylon dominated in judo at the SEA Games level, winning nine straight gold medals from 1991. His reign ended when he lost in 2011.
This time, the Filipino SEA Games legend will be seeing action in the men’s -81-kg, the same weight category he competed in judo.
He will be joined by former members of the judo national team in Lloyd Dennis Catipon, playing head coach Rolan Llamas, Dither Joshua Tablan, and Rick Jayson Senales.
Sydney Tanconcian, who won a gold in the Asian Sambo Championship and bronze in the World Junior Sambo Championship this year, will be competing in kurash along with Helen Dawa, Bianca Mae Estrilla, Estre Gay Liwanin, Jenilou Mosqueda, Marjorie Anne Santiago, and Trinity Estrella.