INCHEON, South Korea – The embattled Philippine delegation finally found a ray of hope in wushu as Francisco Solis and Jean Claude Saclag assured the country its first set of medals in the 17th Asian Games after beating their respective quarterfinal foes on Monday at the Ganghwa Gymnasium here.
Solis defeated Wong Ting Hong of Hong Kong, 2-0, to advance into the semifinals of the men’s -56kg sanda, while assuring himself of at least a bronze medal.
Saclag then followed suit after dominating Lin Tun Kyaw of Indonesia, 2-0, for a similar bronze medal and a berth in the semifinals of the -60 kg. sanda.
The 23-year-old Solis will face Zhao Fuxiang of China next, hoping to get a win and shot for the gold medal.
“He (Solis) is now very raring to go to the semifinals. Gusto na niyang lumaro agad,” said Wushu Federation of the Philippines secretary-general Julian Camacho afterwards.
Solis capped off his performance with a left kick to the face of Wong in the second round to clinch the victory.
Saclag threw a solid left straight to Lin in the first round that left the Indonesian with a blooded nose. The Filipino pressed the attack in the second round by scoring a series of punches and kicks.
Divine Wally failed to become the third Filipino wushu bet in the semis after he lost to Kim Hyebin of South Korea, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the women’s -52kg sanda.