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The two faces of competition, sheer relief and ecstasy for eventual gold medalist Jean Claude Saclag and utter dejection for Malaysian silver recipient Mohammed Mahmoud

2021 SEA Games

SEA Games: Saclag, Veloso advance to kickboxing finals

Jean Claude Saclag grabbed a chance to retain his title after winning over hometown bet Giang Vu Trong, 3-0, in the semifinals of men’s low kick minus-63.5 kg of the 31st Southeast Asian Games kickboxing tournament, Tuesday at Bac Ninh Gymnasium in Bac Ninh, Vietnam.

He is set to face Thailand’s Chaleamlap Santidongsakun in the gold medal match on Wednesday.

Renalyn Dacquel took down Thailand’s Kanwara Boonpeng, 3-0, in the women’s full contact minus-48 kg event to likewise advance in the gold medal contest and face Vietnam’s Nga Nguyen Thi Hang.

Claudine Veloso also booked her place in the final of the women’s low kick minus-52 kg with a sweep of Vietnam’s Linh Bu Hai, 3-0. She will face Indonesia’s Amanda La Loupatty for the gold.

The Philippine men’s handball team fought hard, but could not finish the defending champions and hosts Vietnam in their penultimate match of the competition. The latter won 2 sets-1, 14-18, 21-14, 10-8.

The Nationals, though, were guaranteed the silver medal heading into their last game against winless Singapore.

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