The national poomsae team bagged two more gold medals on the final day to clinch third place in the 8th WTF (World Tae kwon do Federation) World Tae kwon do Poomsae Championships in Bali, Indonesia.
Veteran campaigner Mikaela Calamba led the country’s charge on Day 3 as she successfully defended her crown in the female individual freestyle event. It was her second straight title after ruling the 7th edition held in Tunja, Colombia, last year.
Calamba then teamed up with Rinna Babanto and Jocel Ley Ninobla in winning the Team Female-17 gold medal.
Former world champion Jean Pierre Sabido earlier bagged a silver in the men’s freestyle event.
The Philippines has two golds and one silver.
Powerhouse South Korea dominated the tournament with five golds and four silvers, while the United States would up second with two golds, one silver and one bronze.
Spain was fourth with 2-0-2 followed by Iran (1-3-4), Vietnam (1-2-5), Indonesia (1-1-3), Taiwan (1-1-3), Canada (1-1-0), Thailand (1-0-4), Germany (1-0-1), China (0-2-2), Turkey (0-1-2), Egypt (0-1-1), Mexico (0-0-3), and France, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine with one bronze each.
The other members of the team are Raphael Enrico Mella, June Ninobla, France Pauline Alarilla, Rani Ann Ortega, Janice Lagman and Glenn Llava. EMIL C. NOGUERA