October 23, 2017, 3:54 pm
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Diaz, Cray settle for silver medals

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan. – Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz and Fil-Am Eric Cray settled for silver medals in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Tuesday night at the Ashgabat Olympic Complex here.

Diaz had a total lift of 204 kg to finish second behind China’s Liao Qiuyun (208kg) from the combined snatch, and clean and jerk in the 53kg category. Turkmenistan’s Kristina Skermetova settled for bronze (196).

“Kaya ko pa pala,” said the 26-year-old native of Zamboanga City. “Sabi ko nga ayoko na, gusto ko na mag-give up kasi nahirapan ako mag-disciplina. Pero hindi din ako nag-give up… kaya ko pala, napatunayan ko na kaya ko pa, wala sa age.”

“Hindi dahil nanalo ka na hindi ka na puwedeng bumalik pa, pwede pa pala,” Diaz added.

Cray clocked 6.63 seconds in the 60m to finish second behind reigning champion Hassan Taftian of Iran who clocked 6.63 seconds. Another Iranian, Reza Ghasemi, got the bronze (6.64).

Long jumper Janry Ubas missed out on a podium finish as he placed fourth (7.40m) behind gold medalist Nguyen Tien Trong of Vietnam (7.48m), Amila Pedige of India (7.45m) and Chan Ming Tai of Hong Kong (7.44m).

In taekwondo, Kristie Elaine Alora and Kristopher Robert Uy settled for bronze medals after losing in the semifinals. Alora lost to Uzbekistan’s Svetlana Osipova (16-8), while Uy lost to China’s Liu Jintao (27-10).

In women’s tennis, Anna Patrimonio and Khim Iglupas were playing in the second round at press time.

Patrimonio was up against Aldila Sutjiadi of Indonesia after beating Tuvalu’s Saintly Molotii 6-1, 6-0 in the first round, while Iglupas was battling Thailand’s Chompoothip Jundakate after her 6-0, 6-1 win over Fiji’s Vienna Kumar last Monday.

In men’s singles, Jason Patrombon lost in the first round against Uzbekistan’s Farrukh Dustov 7-5, 6-2. Patrombon will still see action in the mixed event with Iglupas, who will also team up with Patrimonio in women’s doubles.

All Filipinos got wiped out in belt wrestling at the Main Indoor Stadium.

These include Joseph Angana (70kg freestyle), Michael Carter (55kg classic), Jonathan Maquilan (65kg classic), Grace Loberanes (50kg classic), Noemi Tener (60kg classic) and Chris Hofmann Jr. (90kg free).
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