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World Games: Carlo Biado survives tough day for Team PH

Carlo Biado is the Team Pilipinas’ lone survivor on a tough day for the contingent at the World Games.

The reigning gold medalist in the men’s pool racked up the frames late to subdue Austria’s Albin Ouschan, 11-7, to book his place in the semifinals, Saturday morning (Philippine time) at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom in Birmingham, Alabama in the United States.

After Biado took a 3-2 lead, Ouschan seized control of the match and held on to the advantage up to 7-6.

As the Filipino kept it close, he eventually found momentum and leveled the score at 7. From there, there was no turning back for Biado as he wrapped up the win and moved a step closer to defending his gold with four more frames.

On the other hand, Rubilen Amit exited the competition in the quarterfinals after getting on the losing end of an 8-9 score line against Germany’s Veronika Ivanvoskaia in the women’s pool.

Over at the Bill Battle Coliseum, Annie Ramirez finished in fourth place in the women’s 57 kg ne-waza in jiu-jitsu after taking a stingy defeat by submission to France’s Laurence Fouillat.

Ramirez earlier topped her pool by winning over Fouillat and Ashley Matan of the USA to move into the semifinals. Kazakhstan’s Galina Duvanova then stopped her in the semifinals with a win on advantages.

The Filipino muay fighters also bowed out of their respective competitions as reigning World Champion in the men’s minus-57 kg Phillip Delarmino and Leeanna Christylle Bade absorbed sorry losses in the quarterfinals at the Boutwell Auditorium.

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Delarmino needed to win the final round after forcing a 10-10 draw in the second round. But instead, the two-time Southeast Asian Games champion lost on the judges’ scorecards in the third as Ukraine’s Vladyslav Myktas pulled off the upset, 30-28.

Bade, meanwhile, opened her match with a 10-9 lead after winning the first round of her women’s minus-63.5 kg match against Thailand’s Janejira Wankrue. The Thai, though, took care of the next two rounds to snag the win over the Filipina upstart.

Joyce Gail Reboton earlier finished in ninth place in the women’s heavyweight event of powerlifting on July 9 at the BICC Concert Hall. The 20-year-old scored 99.16 points after lifting a total of 602.5 kg in the three phases of the competition.

Biado will look to advance into the gold medal match when he battles Germany’s Joshua Filler in the semifinals on July 16 at 10 p.m. (Philippine time), still at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom.

Kim Mangrobrang, Fer Casares, and John Chicano are also scheduled to compete on the same day in the individual duathlon events.

The 31st Southeast Asian Games champion in the event Mangrobrang will take the course first on July 15 at 9 p.m. (Philippine time) before Casares and Chicano compete on July 17 at 6 a.m. (PH time). The three will the join forces for the mixed team relay scheduled on June 18 at 2 a.m.

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