The Philippines ended its campaign on a bright note by winning another gold medal courtesy of veteran campaigner Jean Pierre Sabido in the 9th World Tae kwon do Poomsae [forms]Championships held in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Sabido scored 7.58 points to top the men’s freestyle individual Over 17 event, beating silver medalist Nguyen Truong Phuoc Dai of Vietnam, who had 7.36 points, and bronze winner Serdar Can of Turkey, who earned 7.28 points.
It was Sabido’s second gold after steering the senior men’s team event to first-place finish along with Ernesto Guzman Jr. and Glenn Lava on the opening day of the tournament sanctioned by the World Tae kwon do Federation.
Overall, the Philippines has three golds, two silvers and three bronzes to finish fifth overall in the medal standings. The team surpassed its three-gold, two-silver, one-bronze showing in the 2013 edition held in Bali, Indonesia.
Lava, Jeordan Dominguez, Janice Lagman, Rani Ortega and Jaylord Seridon pocketed the other gold of the country in the freestyle mixed team 17-over event.
Guzman (recognized poomsae individual male 40-under), and Dominguez and Jocel Lyn Ninobla (freestyle Over 17 mixed pair) delivered the two silvers while 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) were the bronze medalists.
“The support and prayers of our countrymen keep us going here. We’re happy with the overall outcome,” said Sabido, who also acknowledged the efforts of national head coach Igor Mella and South Korean mentor Ho-Yong Ji.
Sabido was named Male Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the freestyle poomsae category while American Adalis Munoz was the Female MVP.
Powerhouse South Korea claimed 13 golds, one silver and two bronzes to grab the overall title while China settled for second with five golds and one bronze followed by US with four golds, four silvers and 11 bronzes, and Vietnam with three golds, six silvers and five bronzes.
Turkey wound up sixth (2-2-7), Spain in seventh (2-1-3), Mexico in eighth (1-7-9), Taiwan in ninth (1-5-3) and Germany in 10th (1-0-4) in the event participated by more than 50 countries.