Wushu warrior owns PH’s most valuable medal up to now at Asian Video games

Arnel Mandal (right) gives the Philippines its first silver medal in the Asian Games.—PSC-POC POOL

Arnel Mandal (proper) offers the Philippines its first silver medal within the Asian Video games.

For the following few days, Arnel Mandal will maintain the excellence of being the very best finisher amongst Filipino athletes within the nineteenth Asian Video games (Asiad) right here in Hangzhou, China. “I wasn’t anticipating any of this, I’m tremendous comfortable,’’ mentioned the wushu warrior after his first Asian Video games stint ended on Thursday with a silver medal within the males’s sanda 56-kilogram (kg) division.

The previous sanda world champion misplaced to China’s Jiang Haidong of their last faceoff, 2-0, at Xiaoshan Guali Sports activities Centre for the nation’s first silver medal within the continental Olympics.

“I used to be even pressured to go as much as a heavier class and nonetheless obtained a medal,’’ mentioned the 27-year-old Mandal after his ordinary preventing weight of 52kg was scrubbed off the Asian Video games program, forcing the two-time silver medalist on the earth championships to leap to a bulkier class.



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Mandal’s feat underlined a fruitful nationwide wushu group marketing campaign right here.

Taolu performer Jones Inso touched off the wushu medal binge with a bronze within the males’s taijiquan-taijijian all-around previous to the sanda fighters’ string of podium finishes, together with two extra bronzes from Gideon Padua (60kg) and Clemente Tabugara Jr. (65kg).

“It was do or die. I poured the whole lot. I got here in search of a fortunate punch, but it surely by no means got here,’’ mentioned Mandal, whose subsequent cease is the World Sanda Championship in Fort Value, Texas in November.

“He’s (Jiang) good. Actually, he managed to take me down,’’ mentioned Mandal, who will obtain a P1-million money incentive from the federal government for the silver medal and will obtain extra bonuses from the Philippine Olympic Committee and Malacañang as properly.

“I haven’t considered it but,’’ mentioned Mandal, the primary Filipino millionaire in these Video games, smiling when requested what he’ll do together with his windfall.

Olympic ticket

Tennis star Alex Eala is aware of precisely what to think about subsequent after settling for a bronze medal in her first Asiad.

The 18-year-old tennis star is now trying ahead to extra tournaments to bump up her rating factors after failing to qualify for the Paris Olympics outright right here.

“I knew from the beginning that it might be very tough. It’s a excessive stage competitors and I didn’t count on a lot,’’ mentioned Eala after dropping to prime seed Zheng Qinwen of China, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in a tense semifinal encounter within the tennis girls’s singles at Hangzhou Olympic Sports activities Centre Tennis Courtroom.

The Asian Video games provides an Olympic ticket to the winners of the singles classes in tennis.

“The Olympics is certainly one of many targets and my present rating isn’t sufficient. I’ll simply should do my greatest,’’ mentioned Eala, presently ranked No. 192 on the earth.

In the meantime, Gilas Pilipinas scored its second straight victory in males’s basketball, an 87-72 rout of Thailand at Zhejiang College Gymnasium.

Brownlee led the Philippines with 22 factors and 15 rebounds regardless of nagging ache bothering him all recreation lengthy.

“[H]is leg, his foot was bothering him. I’d say he was about 80 % right now, 85 % on the most; there have been occasions he was coming down the ground, he was limping,” he mentioned of his resident import at Barangay Ginebra.

“He’s such a trooper and he’s enjoying via it for just one cause: ‘trigger he’s on the nationwide group,” he added.


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