Finweight Irene Therese Bermejo delivered the country’s first medal—a silver—in the prestigious 2014 World Junior Tae kwon do Championships being held at the Taipei Arena in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
Bermejo clobbered Teeranart Khamnuan of Thailand in the Last 32 (9-6), Rodina Mahmoud of Egypt in the Last 16 (16-2), Mozhgan Zadimohammad of Iran in the quarterfinals (3-1) and Jeon Jin-Hee of South Korea in the semifinals (8-4).
The Filipina jin, however, bowed to eventual champion Abigail Stones of Great Britain in the finals via a close 0-1 decision. Losing semifinalists Jeon and Blanca Palmer of Spain settled for one bronze each.
Five more members of the national junior team failed to make it to the podium of the tournament sanctioned by the World Tae kwon do Federation. Leslie Marie Agyamoc lost to Sana Akrimi of France, 4-15 (girls’ lightweight); Gabrielle Hernandez lost to Pia Leonhardt of Germany, 3-10 (girls light middleweight); Christian Mark Duntungan lost to Sebastien Alesio of France, 15-17 (boys’ finweight); John Christian Mapalo lost to Uladzislau Halizin of Belarus, 10-13 (boys’ light middleweight); and John Michael Agno lost to Isaac Cantu of Mexico, 2-16 (boys’ light heavyweight).
Colleen Heria (girls’ bantamweight), Kaye Shanele Romuar (girls’ welterweight), Alfred Jason Abanto (boys’ lightweight) and Gian Francis Rubio (boys’ welterweight) will be gunning for medals on Day 4 of the competition.
Heria battles Toizhan Kydyrbekova of Kazakhstan, Romuar fights Shamsiya Khafizova of Tajikistan, Abanto faces Simon Kim of US, and Rubio tackles Ediwal Pontes of Brazil.