Former Southeast Asian Games champion Veronica Domingo-Ryu added another feather to her cap as she claimed her third consecutive gold medal in the prestigious US Open Tae kwon do Championships held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Nevada.
Domingo-Ryu posted an impressive 7-1 victory over American Jan Riedisser to rule the women’s ultra +67-kilogram division in the tournament sanctioned by the World Tae kwon do Federation.
“Mas bumagal na ako, hindi na tulad ng dati kaya sobrang thankful ako na nanalo ako. Iba talaga ka pag andun pa rin ‘yung passion at love mo sa sport. Iyong determination para manalo hindi pa rin nawawala,” said Domingo-Ryu, who also dominated the 2013 and 2015 editions of the tournament.
Domingo-Ryu bagged bronze medals in the 2012 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea and 2006 edition in Doha, Qatar then won gold medals in the 2001 Malaysia and 2003 Vietnam editions of the Southeast Asian Games
She was a former castaway of reality television show Survivor Philippines and head coach of the Far Eastern University tae kwon do team.
On the other hand, Michael John Bugarin secured a silver in the men’s ultra -68-kg. class.
Bugarin posted a 3-2 win over Australian Laury Tambyrajah in the semifinals but suffered a 2-6 defeat at the hands of Rehman Moghal of Norway in the championship round.
It was an improvement of Bugarin’s bronze finish in 2015.
“Right now, we’re training young jins, sharing our knowledge to them for future international competitions. It’s a good feeling to share your skills to others especially those in grassroots level,” stressed Domingo-Ryu.