Muaythai bets Philip Delarmino and Jonathan Polosan marched into the semifinals of their respective divisions on Thursday to assure the Philippines of bronze medals in the 5th Asian Beach Games (ABG) at the Bien Dong Park in Danang City, Vietnam.
Delarmino beat Diyorbek Turumov of Uzbekistan in the first round of their quarterfinal match in the men’s bantamweight 51-54 kg. division.
Delarmino’s victory set him up against Yoon Deokjae of Korea, who defeated Ilias Mussin of Kazakhstan, 29:28, in the semifinals scheduled on Friday.
In the men’s light welterweight 60-63.5 kg. division, Polosan defeated Uzbekistan’s Islam Asenbaev in the first round of their bout to arrange a semifinal showdown with Thailand’s Chonlawit Preedasak, who won over Korean Woo Seung, 30-27.
Also seeing action on Friday is Jay Harold Gregorio, who will face Uzbekistan’s Ongar Baymuratov in the quarterfinal round of the middleweight 71-75 kg. division.
Philippine delegation Chef de Mission Karen Tanchanco-Caballero is optimistic on the chances of the three athletes.
“I remain hopeful for the next three matches of our Muay boys. Especially on the positive fighting energy that they give out. Delarmino is up for silver match later this afternoon and I am excited to watch it personally seeing how hard these players work for the country,” said Tanchanco-Caballero, also the secretary general of the Philippine Amateur Sepak Takraw Association, in an email to the Philippines News Agency (PNA).
The other semifinalists in the bantamweight division are Thailand’s Chotichanin Kokkrachai, who prevailed over Indonesia’s Mat Roji Mila (RSCI Round 2), and Hong Kong’s Kwok Wai Hon, who won over Iraq’s Amo Battbootti, 29:28.
Completing the semifinal cast in the light welterweight division are Iraq’s Ameer Ibrahim Abdulrazzaq against Vietnam’s Dai van Vo. Abdulrazzaq defeated Tajikistan’s Shuhratjon Isvalyzoda in the first round, while Vo beat Kazakhstan’s Abil Galiyev, 29-28.