Kaila Napolis (PSC photo)
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Three more jiu-jitsu fighters try to pick up from where Kaila Napolis left off, going for gold medals in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games Saturday at the Chroy Changvar Convention Center here.
Annie Ramirez, Myron Mangubat, and Michael Tiu go into action hoping to duplicate Napolis’ gold-medal showing last Thursday in the women’s ne-waza GI 52kg category.
Ramirez sees action in the women’s ne-waza NOGI 57kg, class Mangubat competes in the men’s ne-waza GI 62kg division, and Tiu clashes in the men’s ne-waza GI 69kg class.
Napolis’ golden finish, the country’s first mint in this year’s games, means the jiu-jitsu team needs just one more victory to match its two-gold medal haul in the Vietnam Games last year.
Ramirez won the gold in the 62kg class of the last games.