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2021 SEA Games

SEA Games: Kurash grappler Jackielou Escarpe gives PH second gold

The Philippine National Kurash Team ended the 31st Southeast Asian Games with a gold medal.

Jackielou Escarpe bagged the country’s second gold of the Games, winning the men’s minus-73 kg event over Thailand’s Apicha Boonrangsee in the final, Friday at the Hoai Duc Gymnasium in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Escarpe opened his day with a win over Vietnam’s Ngoc Son Vu in the first round, before following it up with a semifinal victory over Myanmar’s Soe Myint Tun to set him up for the battle or gold.

This is the first gold from a male athlete for the Philippines in the sport after Estie Liwanen took the women’s minus-63 kg title in 2019.

Liwanen settled for the bronze this time in the women’s minus-57 kg after losing in the semifinals to Vietnam’s Hien Don Thi Thu.

The Philippine national kurash team finished second in the medal tally with one gold-three silvers-three bronzes below Vietnam’s 6-4-3.

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