Margarita Ochoa handed the Philippines its first gold in the 2016 Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam.
The petite Filipina bagged the gold in the newaza women’s -45kg division in jiu-jitsu after beating Suwanan Boonsorn of Thailand in the final on Sunday that saw the Philippines im prove its medal medal tally from one silver and four bronzes.
The Philippines is now in seventh place in the standings, with host Vietnam on top with a 4-4-13 gold-silver-bronze output.
The 26-year-old Ochoa, gold medal winner in the last World Jiu-Jitsu Championships, defeated Do Thu Ha of Vietnam in the quarterfinals and Dinara Jumadurdyyeva of Turkmenistan in the semifinals.
Gian Taylor Dee settled for the silver medal after losing to Amir Yahya Abdulamir of Iraq.
In muay, Jonathan Polosan and Jay Harold Gregorio formally settled for bronze medals after losing their respective semifinal bouts.
Helen Dawa took a bronze in women’s kurash -52kg division after winning over Mahima Tokas of India in the quarterfinals.