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    Filipina jin Jade Zafra overpowers Thai champion to clinch SEA Games gold

    Dec 19, 2013

    JADE Zafra annexed the Philippines’ 21st gold medal in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in women’s taekwondo at the Zayar Thiri Stadim in Nay Pyi Taw.

    The 23-year-old Zafra dislodged reigning titlist Thailand's Worawong Pongpanit, 7-1, in the finals of the women’s -57 kg division to clinch the country’s first gold medal on Thursday.

    The UST journalism graduate and former sportswriter earlier beat Bunna Cheang of Cambodia, 15-1, and defeated Vietnam’s Thi Thanh Lam via head kick in sudden death after they tied at 9-9 at end of three rounds.

    UAAP Most Valuable Player Christian Dela Cruz bagged the silver medal in the men’s -80 kg, bowing to Myanmar’s Linn Win Htun, 6-9, in finals.

    Cruz defeated Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Son, 11-8, in quarterfinals and got past Laos’ Sawatvilay Phimmasone, 8-0, in the last four.

    Gherson Bautista settled for the bronze in the men’s -68 kg, defeating Indonesia’s Yunaidalfred Blegur, 18-10, but losing to eventual gold winner Phouthasone Thammayong of Laos, 7-4, in the semis.

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