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Streigl, Sy dominate their opponents in the sambo mat
Celebrated mixed martial arts fighter Mark "Mugen" Striegl and judoka Chino Sy Tancontian provided the golds for Team Philippines in the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) sambo competition, Thursday afternoon at the Angeles University Foundation Gym in Angeles, Pampanga.
Sambo, a combat sport that originated in the former Soviet Union, is a Russian acronym meaning "self-defense without weapons." It is also one of the debuting sports in this year's SEAG.
Striegl dominated Singaporean Ashvin Jaswant Singh, 8-0, to rule the men's combat 74 kg. event.
"There's more pressure to win, especially the match is held here in the Philippines. I'm happy that I delivered well in my performance," a jubilant Striegl said.
Mugen earlier sent Indonesia’s Deni Fadhillah into packing with a resounding tapout win to move into the gold medal match.
While Sy outclassed another Singaporean Gary Chow Weng, 4-1, to cop the gold in the men’s 82 kg division.
Before his gold medal battle, Sy defeated Thailand's Sonram Jenghor with a score of 9-0 in the semifinals.
"Our stratetegy is to prolong the match, as much as possible, because he keeps on attacking me. But we were able to pull the pieces through and got the win," said Sy.
Pilipinas Sambo Federation Inc. chairman and Cabinet Sec. Karlo Nograles was elated with the outstanding achievements made by the sambo fighters.
"We have strong prospects in sambo. I hope that this can be the start of something big like participating in the Asian Games and maybe even playing the sport in the Olympics," Nograles told.
Other Pinoy bets Patrick Manicad and Jose Rene Mondejar III also brought pride to the country by winning bronzes today.