Veteran jin Jean Pierre Sabido bagged the country’s first medal – a silver – in the ongoing 8th World Tae kwon do Federation (WTF) World Tae kwon do Poomsae [forms]Championships at the Bali International Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia.
Sabido, a member of the gold medal team in 2010 edition held in Uzbekistan, finished second in the men’s freestyle event. Canadian Charlie Chong topped the event while Oleksandr Iemelianenko of Ukraine and Po Kai Chen of Taiwan settled for bronze each.
“Behind every block, kick or punch we do lies thousands of hours of training and hard-work, backed with a multitude of prayers and support from our fellow Filipinos,” said Sabido, who also finished sixth in the men’s individual Under 39 category.
Cebuana Mikaela Calamba finished seventh in the women’s individual Under 17 event. Marjan Salashouri of Iran took the gold while Kang So-Hee of South Korea got the silver, and Tasana Manso of Thailand and Lin Kan-Yu of Taiwan pocketed one bronze apiece.
Calamba also fell short in the mixed-pair Under-17 with partner Raphael Enrico Mella as they landed in fifth position behind gold medalists Pongporn Suvit-tayarak and Katesara Kiata-tchawachai of Thailand, silver winners Koorosh Bakhtiyar and Marjan Salahshouri of Iran, and bronze medalists Juan Jesus Fuentes Zuazua and Daniela Morales of Mexico, and Irsyad Aziz and Muttiara Habiba of Indonesia.
Calamba is expected to bounce back when she defends her female individual freestyle crown on Saturday. Calamba ruled the event in 2012 held in Tunja, Colombia.
June Ninobla placed fifth in the men’s individual Under 49 dominated by Kim Sung-hey of South Korea (gold), Mustafa Yilmaz of Turkey (silver), and Andrea Notaro of Italy (bronze) and Ahmad Akhlaghi of Iran (bronze).
In women’s team Under 29, France Pauline Alarilla, Rani Ann Ortega and Janice Lagman were in fifth place. Vietnam (gold), Iran (silver) and Thailand (bronze) at Chinese-Taipei (bronze) were the podium finishers.