BJJ purple belters Annie Ramirez and Meggie Ochoa notched gold medals to lead fellow Pinoy athletes in the Asian Beach Games.
Honor and glory for the Philippines have come from its athletes once again in the on-going 5th Asian Beach Games in Da Nang, Vietnam.
After claiming silver in the recently concluded IBJJF Asian Open in Japan, Meggie Ochoa added a fresh gold medal in her collection taking the top spot in the women’s -45kg division. Meanwhile, Annie Ramirez, who also competed in the Asian Open and finished with bronze, took home another gold medal for the Philippines in the women’s -55kg division. The contingents of the national team piled more hardware as Gian Dee won the lone silver medal and Apryl Jessica Eppinger and Kaila Napolis each tallied a bronze medal.
In the Muay thai event, Philip Delarmino, Jonathan Polosan, and Jay Harold Gregorio collected bronze medals in the bantamweight, light welterweight, and middleweight divisions, respectively. Another trio of bronze medals came from Kurash competitors Dennis Catipon, Jillou Mosqueda, and Dawa Helen. Kurash is a Turkic term meaning “wrestling” and it’s an ancient type of upright jacket grappling.
The 5th Asian Beach Games in Da Nang, Vietnam runs from September 21 to October 3, 2016. Competing countries include host country Vietnam, China, Thailand, Iran, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Jordan. At the time of writing this article, the Philippines is ranked at 9th place in the standings with 2 gold, 1 silver, and 10 bronze medals.