PH wrestler wins bronze medal

Tempo - - Sports - By WAYLON GALVEZ

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – Alvin Lobreguito gave the Philip­pines its first medal af­ter he set­tled for a bronze fol­low­ing his semi­fi­nal de­feat in tra­di­tional wrestling in the 5th edi­tion of the Asian In­door and Mar­tial Arts Games (AIMAG) at the Ashgabat Olympic Sta­dium here.

Lobreguito lost to host na­tion’s Ýakup­nazar Yakubow, 4-0, in the 57kg freestyle, but with four en­tries in the divi­sion, the Filipino fighter was al­ready as­sured of a bronze even be­fore the start of the match.

Al­though he was aspir­ing of mak­ing it to the fi­nal round, Yakubow over­pow­ered Lobreguito in just 30 sec­onds to the de­light of about 5,000 crowd that cheered their coun­try­man.

Even with the set­back, Lobreguito is ex­pected to re­ceive P400,000 for earn­ing a bronze medal from the gov­ern­ment, through the Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sione (PSC).

The other Filipino fight­ers, Noemi Tener, Johnny Morte and Grace Lober­anes, like­wise lost in the quar­ter­fi­nal round of this multi-sports event or­ga­nized by the Olympic Coun­cil of Asia (OCA).

Tener lost to Am­breen Masih of Pak­istan, 4-1, in the 58kg, Lober­anes dropped her match against La­cyn Badaglyyewa of Turkmenistan, 5-0, in 52kg, while Morte fell to Turk­man Döwlet­geldi Berdiyew, 5-0, in the 68kg.

Com­pe­ti­tions in both the tra­di­tional wrestling as well as in ji­u­jitsu started Satur­day ahead of the open­ing cer­e­mony Sun­day af­ter­noon at the main sta­dium of this world-class fa­cil­ity – fea­tur­ing a mono­rail in­side – that the Turk­men fin­ished in 2016.

The jiu-jitsu fight­ers, how­ever, had the lux­ury of rest for one day af­ter their sched­ules in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories were moved to Mon­day, with the draw set Sun­day evening.

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