Team Philippines put on an impressive performance at the start of the competitions of the World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation World Championships on Friday at the J-Center Mall in Mandaue City.
The team dominated the sayaw or forms event in the tournament participated by arnisadors from different countries all over the world.
The Filipinos players carted away 22 gold medals, 20 silvers and six bronzes, nine golds more than Team USA, which had a 13-7-10 gold-silver-bronze medal haul.
Japan, which was bannered by mostly Filipino eskrimadors, is running third after collecting nine golds, four silvers and four bronzes in the tournament participated by 25 countries around the globe.
Canada had six golds, Reunion Island won two, and Australia, United Kingdom and Italy won one gold each as the competition entered the combat stage.
Sebastia Villanueva, Christhyl Mae Gumajin, Trixie Lofranco and Jeffrey Navarette were the top producers of the Philippines on the opening day of competition as they collected two gold medals each.
Navarete also won gold medal in the Male 18+ 53.1-58 kgs Padded point competition. after beating compatriot Jerome Pacatang.
Navarete beat Patrick Paglen of USA in the semifinals 11-3 while Pacatang eliminated Kwok Tze Man of 10-6 in the semis.*PNA
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