JAKARTA: Sanda fighters Divine Wally of Baguio City and Hergie Bacyadan of Kalinga Apayao surged on Tuesday to the finals of the ongoing biennial 13th World Wushu Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Nineteen-year old diminutive Wally, a product of the 2012 Philippine National Games, made mincemeat of Korean BokyeongByeon in a 52-kg semifinal scrap.
Assured already of her first ever podium finish–in international arena yet–on her maiden appearance on foreign soil, Bacyadan, 21, who belatedly took up the sport, outpointed Egyptian WalaaMossa in a 65kg round-of-four tussle.
Wally, 2013 SEA Games and Asian Junior Championships silver medallist who had already bettered the bronze medal showing of Davao City’s Evita Zamora in the most recent previous worlds, will clash with Vietnamese Luan Thi Hoang for the gold.
Bacyadan will go up the playing platform an underdog against Iranian SharbanoManyouranSemiromi in her quest for the top plum.
At press time, the other Filipino semifinalists—Francisco Solis and ArnelMandal—have yet to see action. Solis will pit wits with a Chinese while Mandalwill face a Turkish in the 60kg and 52kg division, respectively.