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Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Chezka Centeno settle for silver

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Poomsae jins Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Jocel Lyn Ninobla settled for silver medals with cue artist Chezka Centeno to sustain the medal streak of the Philippines going in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

Centeno’s hasty shot on the fourth marble in the 10th frame was a costly mistake that China’s Han Yu exploited for a 7-4 victory in the women’s 9-ball finale.

Han launched a powerful break on the deciding set and finished off the 18-year-old Zamboanga City native with a combination of the third and ninth balls on the left corner pocket.

Delivering what seemed like a spotless routine, Reyes scored 8.310 points from the judges before Pongporn Suvittayarak of Thailand erased his lead with 8.550 points for the gold in men’s individual poomsae.

The 22-year-old from Dasmarinas City was proud of the silver, his best performance in international tournaments after bringing home bronze medals from the recent Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games and the 2016 world championships in Lima, Peru.

“It’s nice to have the gold but it wasn’t meant for me. I’m thankful for the opportunity to contribute a silver medal for our country,” said Reyes.

Jocel Lyn Ninobla also got the silver with 8.000 points after Marjan Salahshouri of Iran scored 8.120 points in the women’s individual poomsae finals.

The Philippines jacked up its medal collection of two gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals, which included the third-place performance of Kristel Macrohon in women’s weightlifting.

Macrohon combined a total lift of 209kg for the bronze behind gold medalist Assem Sadykova of Kazakhstan (222kg) and silver finisher Apolonia Vaivai of Fiji (221kg).

Chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario was happy on the turnout where Filipino athletes kept on delivering medals everyday since the Games began last week.

It shadowed some of the few setbacks for the day after Anna Patrimonio and Khim Iglupas failed to advance in the semifinals of women’s tennis doubles.

Ankita Raina and Prarthan Thombare of India defeated pushed the Filipina netters to the exits with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at the Tennis Center.

In bowling, Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia eliminated Maria Liza Del Rosario, 204-194, in their quarterfinal showdown.

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Carlo Biado wins World 9-ball Championship

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Carlo Biada joined the likes of Efren Reyes, Ronato Alcano, Alex Pagulayan, and Francisco Bustamante Thursday evening. The 34-year-old Biado soundly defeated fellow Filipino Ronald Garcia, 13-5, to win the World 9-Ball Championship at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Qatar.

The native of La Union became the first Filipino in seven years to win the crown. Bustamante won the championship back in 2010 and was preceded by Reyes back in 1999, Alcano in 2006, and Pagulayan in 2004.

“It’s been a long time. I worked very hard, had many disappointments. And now finally I won the world title,” Biado told the World Pool Billiard Association.

Biado was in-form all throughout the Finals, starting with a 7-0 rack-lead. The match only last two hours.

The world championship is a perfect year-end capper for the Filipino cue artist as he also won gold in the 2017 World Games and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

“When I won the World Games there was a lot of pressure more than here because there were so many people watching,” Biado recalled. “After I won in Poland against Jayson Shaw I just felt so good and so much more confident when I entered other events. That was a really big help to my confidence and I know it definitely helped me this week and today.”

Biado, ranked number seven in the world, will pocket USD 30,000 for the win.

The Filipino champion started his campaign by defeating Daniel Tangudd and Tomasz Kaplan with lines of 11-6 and 11-8 respectively. He followed this up with an 11-7 triumph over Filipino Jeffrey Ignacio in the round of 16.

During the quarterfinals, he was granted a bye after Chinese opponent Hal Tao Liu failed to show up in time. Biado blasted Chinese-Taipei’s Kun Lin Wu to set-up the finals showdown with Garcia

Garcia, on the other hand, went home with USD 15,000.

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Philippine team exceeds expectations in AIMAG

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Chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario hardly expected a deluge of medals in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

So it came as a big surprise when Filipino athletes produced far more than what Del Rosario had asked for.

“We succeeded and exceeded the country’s expectations in the AIMAG,” said Del Rosario, the Makati City congressman who also sits as secretary general of the Philippine Taekwondo Association.

The Philippines ended its 12-day stint with two gold, 14 silver, and 14 bronze medals in the biggest continental sportsfest next to the quadrennial Asian Games.

It overshadowed the one-gold, two-bronze performance of Filipino athletes in the previous AIMAG held in 2013 Incheon, South Korea.

“We didn’t make any bold projections and just believed that our athletes can accomplish it,” said Del Rosario, who — along with karatedo secretary general and deputy chef de mission Raymund Lee Reyes — took care of the 116 Filipino athletes who participated in 17 sports.

Jiu-jitsu grapplers Meggie Ochoa and Annie Ramirez captured the two golds worth PHP 2 million each from the Philippine Sports Commission, as provided for by Republic Act 10699 or the amended Sports Incentives Act.

Silver medalists led by Olympian Hidilyn Diaz; trackster Eric Cray; muay fighter Phillip Delarmino, cue aces Chezka Centeno, Rubilen Amit; bowler Kenneth Chua; and the dancesport tandem of German Enriquez and Danella Publico will earn P1 million each from the government.

The 62-nation Games, which included the Oceania region headed by Australia and New Zealand, ended with a lavish closing ceremony late Wednesday night at the 35,000-seater Ashgabat Olympic Stadium.

Completing the silver performers are poomsae specialists Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Jocel Lyn Ninobla; the men’s rapid chess team under-23 of international masters Jan Emmanuel Garcia and Paulo Bersamina; and jiu-jitsu’s Marc Alexander Lim, Jenna Kaila Napolis, and Gian Dee.

Taekwondo jins Kirstie Elaine Alora, Francis Agojo, Kristopher Uy; and wrestlers Alvin Lobreguito and Jefferson Manatad wound up with bronze medals, as well as kurash grappler Al Rolan Llamas, lifter Kristel Macrohon, and cue master Carlo Biado.

Joining them are the women’s rapid team under-23 starring woman grandmaster Janelle Frayna and woman Fide master Shania Mae Mendoza, and the dancesport pair of Gerald Jamili and Cherry Parcon.

Story and Photo from PSC-POC Media Group

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Waltz dancers, Rubilen Amit secure silver

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Dance instructors German Enriquez and Maria Danella Renee Publico secured a silver medal together with cue master Rubilen Amit on the penultimate day of competitions, Tuesday, at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

Enriquez and Publico scored 30 points in the Viennese waltz event in dancesport, while Amit lost her gold-medal encounter with China’s Chen Siming, 7-5, in women’s 10-ball pool singles.

Japan’s Tomomi and Takeshi Yamamoto ruled the event with 32.291 points, and Macau’s Vong Weng Lam and Tam Ka Pan copped the bronze with 28.167 points.

Bowlers Krizziah Lyn Tabora, Liza Del Rosario, Marian Lara Posadas, and Marie Alexis Sy were also guaranteed of a silver after beating China in the women’s team of four semifinals over at the Bowling Center.

They rolled 780 points to overcome the 737 pinfalls of China’s quartet of Yang Liyan, Zhang Yuhong, Zhang Chunli and Peng Rui. The PH women’s bowling team faces South Korea’s Jung Dawun, Kim Moonjeong, Baek Seungja and Hong Hae Ni in the finals on Wednesday.

International masters Paulo Bersamina and Jan Emmanuel Garcia are likewise preparing for a gold-medal face-off against China’s Wei Yu and Xu Yinglun in the men’s rapid team under-23. They downed Maksat Atabayev and Yusup Atabayev of host Turkmenistan in the semifinals.

Amit immediately grabbed the lead after three sets but Chen, a former 10-ball world champion like the Filipino cue artist, managed to gain control on the seventh frame.

Chen gave up two more frames but wouldn’t be denied when the Chinese got a fantastic break in the 12th and final set to finish off Amit.

Overall, the Philippines is running 18th among 65 countries with two gold, 11 silver, and 12 bronze medals. More medals are expected from bowling, chess, and dancesport prior to the closing ceremony late Wednesday.

Woman grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna and woman Fide master Shania Mae Mendoza will bring home a bronze medal after failing to hurdle Kazakhstan’s Zhansaya Abdumalik and Dinara Saduakassova in the semifinals of women’s rapid team under-23.

Ana Leonila Nualla and Sean Mischa Aranar missed out on a medal after placing fourth in the waltz finale and winding up fifth in the tango.

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Rubilen Amit continues to roll, makes it to the Final Four

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Rubilen Amit advanced to the semifinals round following her 7-1 win over Iran’s Parisa Mangli in the quarterfinals of the women’s 10-Ball Pool singles in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG), Monday at the Ashgabat Olympic Complex here.

Amit, 35, who hails from Mandaue City, Cebu, quickly grabbed a 5-0 advantage, before Mangli won the sixth rack off an her error.

That was the only game Mangli won, however, as Amit took the next two racks to win the race-to-seven encounter and secure a spot in the semifinals, where she will meet Taiwan’s Wei Tzu-Chien.

Wei edged Lim Yunmi of South Korea, 7-2, in the quarterfinals. The semifinal is scheduled in the afternoon. The other semifinal match will pit China’s Chen Siming and Taiwan’s Chou Chieh-Yu.

The 10-Ball World Championship winner in 2009 and 2013, Amit has assured herself of a bronze medal with her win, which matches her podium finish during the 2013 AIMAG in Incheon, South Korea.

“Hopefully maka-pasok sa finals, sa gold medal game para madagdagan yung collection ng Philippine Team ng ginto galling sa billiards. But it’s not going to be easy,” said Amit.

“Magaling din talaga yung Korean na makaka-harap natin sa semifinals. Kung makaka-lusot, magagaling din yung nasa kabilang bracket. So sana makuha natin.”

Amit’s win came a day after Warren Kiamco and Johann Chua fell to China’s LV Haotian and Liu Haitao, 9-4, in the men’s 9-Ball Pool Scotch doubles semifinal Sunday night.

Kiamco and Chua claimed the bronze medal.

With the latest medal from Kiamco and Chua, the country now has a medal haul of two gold medals courtesy of Jiu-Jitsu fighters Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa and Annie Ramirez, 10 silvers and 11 bronze medals.

Kickboxing


Kickboxer Robin Catalan lost to Hamza Abughazleh of Jordan, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the men’s low kick -51kg despite leading in the first two rounds of their three-round encounter.

Chess


Grandmasters Julio Catalino Sadorra and Eugene Torre finished 18th and 19th among 44 entries in men’s standard individual chess, while Woman Fide Master Shania Mae Mendoza ended up 17th in her event.

Wrestling


Wrestler Grace Loberanes missed out on a medal after Sheetal Tomar of India scored a 2-0 win in the repechage of women’s freestyle -48kg.

On Deck


The national team dancers will try to add to the medal count as action starts Monday in Dance Sports.

The pair of Gerald Jamili and Cherry Claire Parcon, the reigning Latin Jive pair champion, leads the country’s bid. The other Filipino participants are Ma. Daniella Renee Publico, German Enriquez, Sean Mischa Aranar, Ana Leonila Nualla, Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo.

In bowling, the women’s and men’s teams are likewise competing in preliminary round at press time. Silver medal winner Kenneth Chua leads the men’s team, while veteran Maria Liza del Rosario heads the women’s squad.

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