Filipino jins grab six more medals in World Poomsae

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GLITTERING GOLDS! Senior team event gold medallists Jean Pierre Sabido, Ernesto Guzman Jr. and Glenn Lava during the awarding ceremony of the 9th World Tae kwon do Poomsae Championsips in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Photo from World Tae kwon do Federation Facebook account.

GLITTERING GOLDS! Senior team event gold medallists Jean Pierre Sabido, Ernesto Guzman Jr. and Glenn Lava during the awarding ceremony of the 9th World Tae kwon do Poomsae Championsips in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Photo from World Tae kwon do Federation Facebook account.

The national poomsae team continued to deliver some good news as it bagged six medals including a gold-medal finish in the team event of the 9th World Tae kwon do Poomsae Championsips being held in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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Jeordan Dominguez, Glenn Lava, Janice Lagman, Rani Ortega and Jaylord Seridon showcased a near flawless routine to rule the freestyle mixed team 17-over category. They scored 7.88 points to beat Turkey’s Murat Sarikus, Seyyid Firat, Sedar Can, Fatma Torehan and Kubra Dagli, who had 7.64 and settled for silver.

US and host Mexico got one bronze each.

The silver medals of the team were from Ernesto Guzman (recognized poomsae individual male 40-under), and Dominguez and Jocel Lyn Ninobla (freestyle Over 17 mixed pair) in the tournament sanctioned by the World Tae kwon do Federation.

Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Enrico Mella (recognized poomsae male team 30-under), and Rinna Babanto (recognized poomsae junior individual female and freestyle Under 17 individual female) pocketed the bronzes for the country.

Overall, the Philippines has two gold, two silver and three bronze medals for sixth place in the medal tally.

World champions Jean Pierre Sabido, Ernesto Guzman Jr. and Glenn Lava took the first gold on Day 1 by ruling the men’s senior team event.

“Not yet time to celebrate. We still have one day left and the team is on fire. This is going to be our best finish yet,” said Sabido.

Powerhouse South Korea is leading the medal board with 10 golds, one silver and two bronzes followed by Vietnam (3-2-4), China (3-0-0) and USA (2-3-9). Mexico, Taiwan, Spain and Germany earned one gold each in the event participated by more than 50 countries.

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