MANILA, June 1 — The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Judo Club on Thursday proved that a sustained sports program, training, dedication and family support make a huge difference, as its members dominated the men’s sambo matches in the Pre-Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games being played at Harrison Plaza.
Mafei Sadangan sparked UST’s “no mercy” attack to bag the gold in the 62-kg. match, beating teammates Tatsumi Ono, who settled for the silver, and Shergoen de Rosa and Adrian Balisi, who tied for the bronze.
Except in the 68 kg., UST’s martial artists went on a rampage, seizing four more victories with an emphatic 1-2-3 finishes in separate weight categories.
Sherwin de Rosa won the gold in the 74 kg., outpointing his sparring partner, Ken Racquero, who got the silver.
Marking UST superiority and bagging the gold in their respective weight divisions were: Glen Bordonado (82 kg.) , Mitchel Salcedo (90 kg.) and George Kim in the 100 kg. tussle in the event supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
Mana Roque of the MMA Club however broke UST dominance for the morning matches. Roque topped the 68 kg., outsmarting Michael Angela of the Philippine Sambo Association (PSA).
The sport of sambo traces its origin in Russia, way back in the 1920s. Sambo literally translates as “self-defense without weapons”.
The ongoing qualifying tournament aims to identify the athletes who will join Team Philippines in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, to be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on September 17-27. PPA/PNA-northboundasia.com