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    Jean Claude Saclag's birthday wish as he turns 20: An Asiad gold medal in wushu

    Sep 23, 2014
    Jean Claude Saclag is on track of winning the country's first gold medal in wushu in the Asian Games after Rene Catalan during the 2006 edition of the quadrennial meet.

    INCHEON, South Korea -- Jean Claude Saclag bested his Indian foe on Tuesday to clinch a finals berth in the wushu competitions of the 17th Asian Games.

    The win assured the country of another silver medal after a similar medal feat by Daniel Parantac in the men's taijiquan event.

    Saclag outclassed Narender Grewal, 2-0, in the semifinals to earn a berth in the men’s sanda -60kg final on Wednesday at the Ganghwa Dolmens Gymnasium where he will face Kong Hongxing of China.

    Saclag will now try to win a gold medal on the eve of his 20th birthday and become the first Filipino Asiad gold medalist in wushu since Rene Catalan won the -52kg sanshou event of the 2006 Doha Games.

    Kong defated Kang Yeongsik of Korea, 2-0, in his half of the draw to gain entry into the finals.

    On his way to the finals, Saclag beat Kyaw Lin Tun of Myanmar and Handrik Tarigan of India.

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    Francisco Solis failed to advance into the finals of the men’s -56kg as injury forced him to default his bout against Zhao Fuxiang of China. Solis, however, is already assured of a bronze medal.

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    Jean Claude Saclag is on track of winning the country's first gold medal in wushu in the Asian Games after Rene Catalan during the 2006 edition of the quadrennial meet.
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