JERRY Olsim’s conquest in the kickboxing event while wrestler Jason Baucas who secured the top mint in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gave Cordillera region its 28th medal in the biennial meet as the country is on course of becoming the overall champion anew.
Olsim, who is also a professional mixed martial arts fighter from the famed Team Lakay, bagged the gold medal in the 69kg kick light event edging Thailand’s Srayut Klinming at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.
Baucas, just like Olsim who are both from Benguet Province, also grabbed the gold medal defeating Vietnam’s Hong Phuc Duong in the men's Greco-Roman 72kg.
Also bagging a medal in wrestling is Ifugao pride Jason Balabal who copped the silver medal in Greco – Roman 87kg.
Reigning UAAP rookie – MVP Kurt Bryan Barbosa, who hails from Abra earlier, secured gold by dominating Reinaldy Atmanegara of Indonesia to rule the finweight division.
In boxing, University of Baguio’s Nesthy Petecio took home the gold in the 57-kg class (featherweight) against Nwe Ni Oo of Myanmar at the PICC Forum.
Kickboxers Renalyn Dacquel of Abra and Jomar Balangui who hails from Kalinga meanwhile snatched a silver each.
As of Tuesday, Gina Iniong and Jean Claude Saclag are still battling for gold medal in kickboxing.
Stephanie Sabalo kicked off Cordillera’s medal haul after copping two gold medals and one silver in the dancesport competition.
Other gold medalist in the ongoing SEA Games include Estie Gay Dulnuan Liwanen (Kurash 63kg), Divine Wally (Wushu Sanda 48kg), Abegail Dulawan Abad (Arnis Padded Stick Welterweight - Women's), Elmer Manlapas (Arnis Padded Stick-Featherweight - Men's Division), Crisamuel Delfin (Anyo Non-traditional Arnis), Jerome Calica (Muay Thai Wai Kru & Mai), Sandi Menchi Abahan (5km x 20 obstacle course race), Ariel Lee Lampacan (Muay Thai 54kgs) and Jeordan Dominguez (Taekwondo Freestyle Poomsae individual).
Silver medalist meanwhile include Jones Llabres Inso (Wushu taijijian), Helen Dawa (Judo/Kurash), Fred Gideon Padua (Wushu – Men's Sanda 60kg), Islay Erika Bomogao – (Muay Thai 45kg), and Jenelyn Olsim (Muay Thai 55kg).
Bronze medalists include Johnzenth Gajo, Jones Llabres Inso, and Thornton Quieney Lou Sayan (Taolu Duilian), Daniel Parantac (Men's Taolu Taijiquan), Eza Rai Yalong (Arnis Women's Light Stick Lightweight), and Alexis Mayag-as (Muay Thai 49kg).