PH finishes second in Asian Poomsae meet

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The Philippines finished second overall in the 4th Asian Taekwondo Poomsae Championships held at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.

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The country won three gold, five silver and six bronze medals, which corresponds to 67 total points at the end of the competition.

“This is our best finish for Poomsae in the Asian level. Our last outing was in Tashkent, Uzbekistan – we were fourth there,” Philippine Taekwondo Association training director Igor Mella told The Manila Times.

South Korea, where the sport originated, took the top spot with eight gold, one silver, and one bronze for 73 points while Iran finished third with 59 points on two gold, five silver, and five bronze medals.

Adding more gold to the country’s medal haul on Monday night were Juvenile Faye Crisostomo and Jeordan Dominguez.

Crisostomo, with a score of 7.28 points, topped the freestyle individual female category, beating Pich Chapha Tanakitcharoenpat of Thailand (7.12), Thi Mong Nguyen of Vietnam (6.9) and Chia Ying Hseh of Taiwan (6.64).

For his part, Dominguez scored 7.72 to grab the top honors in the freestyle individual male event.

Crisostomo and Dominguez received the Most Valuable Player awards in their divisions.

The Philippines won silver medals in the team female and male under-30 division. The teams were composed of Jocelyn Ninobla, Clare Therese Gascon and Angelica Joyce Gaw (female), and Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodoldo Reyes Jr. (male).

During the freestyle team event, the Philippine team finished second with 7.66 points behind Vietnam’s 7.74-point showing.

Winning bronze medals in the pair under-30 category and freestyle pair were the tandems of Dustin Jacob Mella and Rinna Babanto, and McAvyngyr Alob and Janna Dominique Olivia, respectively.

The recipients of special awards were Lee Jin Han of South Korea (MVP Recognized Poomsae Male) and Atousa Farahmand of Iran (MVP Recognized Poomsae Female) of Iran.

The Philippines won one gold, two silver and five bronze medals on the opening day with the trio of Jean Pierre Sabido, Ernesto Guzman and Glenn Lava snatching the gold medal in the team male over-30 age group.

Reyes bagged a silver medal in the individual male under-30 category while June Ninobla also earned a silver medal in the individual male under-50.

The other bronze medalists were Guzman (individual male under-40), Jocel Lyn (individual female under-30), Dulce Perez (female under-50), Joel Lacsama (male under-60) and Jaime Gonzaga (male over-60).

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