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Team Lakay dominates national kickboxing open, claims 14 gold medals

DOMINATION. The Team Lakay kickboxers with coach Mark Sangiao (6th right, back) pose with their medals after the awards ceremony of the 2022 National Kickboxing Championship held last October 26 to 28 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Photo from Team Lakay Facebook Page

Team Lakay unleashed its wrath anew as it collected 14 gold medals, aside from two silver and three bronze with only two of its 21 strong contingent failing to bring home medals.

This could be the road that will pave way to third gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games in May next year in Cambodia for 2019 and 2021 mint producers Gina Iniong-Araos and Jean Claude Saclag after winning in their respective weight divisions.

This as four of their colleagues in the ONE Championship brought home the same medals in the 2022 National Open Kickboxing Championships held at Mall of Asia Arena last October 26 and 28.

Saclag took the gold in the 63.5 kilogram low kick, even as the ONE veteran Iniong-Araos won the 60 kg. low kick top medal.

Joining them at the top podium are former ONE featherweight king Honorio Banario (71 kg. low kick), who earlier vowed to improve his bronze medal finish in the last SEAG.

Also winning are: Jeremy Pacatiw (71 kg. full contact), Danny Kingad (63.5 kg. full contact) and the Graceful, Jenelyn Olsim (60 kg. full contact). The three are slated to fight in the ONE Championship: Pacio vs. Brooks on December 3 also at the same venue.

Pacio is of course Jashua Pacio, the remaining champion of Team Lakay in the world’s biggest mixed martial arts stage, who will face Jarred Brooks, who earlier beat another Team Lakay, Lito Adiwang and has vowed to beat all members of the Baguio-Benguet based squad.

The fifth Team Lakay member seeing action the Team Lakay “Versus the World” like event is former ONE flyweight king Geje Eustaquio.

The other winners are: Daryl Chulipas (51 Kg Full Contact), Carlo Von Buminaang: (67Kg Full Contact), Jomar Balangui (57 Kg Low Kick), Carlos Alvarez (67 Kg Low Kick), Lecko Gamonnac (57Kg kicklight), Emmanuel Cantores (63Kg Kicklight) and female fighters Claudine Veloso (52kg LowKick) and Grace Carluen (56kg LowKick).

The silver medalists are: Jerlyn Kingad (56 Kg Low Kick) and Zephanya Ngaya (60 Kg Low Kick).

The winners of bronze medals are: Conan Adegawa (60 Kg Full Contact), Estrada Donga-as (54 Kg Full Contact) and Ezra Saclag (57 Kg Full Contact).

In its Facebook post, Team Lakay described the 14-2-3 gold-silver-bronze haul as “a collosal victory for Team Lakay as they hauled the most number of medals although two of the total 21 Team Lakay athletes failed to bring home a victory badge.”

It added that the “competition was joined by kickboxers, sport gyms, sports organizations and institutions from all over the country, all aiming to quality for the national team.” Pigeon Lobien

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