INCHEON, South Korea: As expected, the Filipino jins delivered medals—two bronzes —on the opening day of the 2014 Asian Games tae kwon do competitions at the Ganghwa Dolmens Gymnasium here.
World University Games silver medalist Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison (men’s -74 kgs.) and Levita Ronna Ilao (women’s -49 kgs.) settled for bronze medals as they lost in their respective semifinal matches.
The 24-year old Morrison bowed to Masoud Hajizavareh of Iran via a 1-5 decision while Ilao earned a 1-5 beating at the hands of Chinese Li Zhao Yi.
Morrison reached the semifinals by ousting Wong Soi Chun of Macau, 17-0, in the first round, Yerzhan Abylkas of Kazakhstan, 10-9, in the second round, and Akbar Aitakhunov of Kyrgyzstan, 19-6, in the quarterfinals.
For her part, Ilao dominated Doan Thi Huong Giang of Vietnam, 3-1, in the first round and Luisa Dos Santos Rosa of Timor Leste, 6-2, in the quarterfinals.
Kristopher Robert Uy (men’s -87 kgs.) and Nicole Abigail Cham (women’s -53 kgs.) were not as fortunate. Uy scored an opening round 9-2 victory over Hao Chao of Macau but fell short in the quarterfinals against Chen Linglong of China, 3-5, while Cham succumbed to Sarita Phongsri of Thailand, 0-12, in the first round.
Two more jins will be gunning for medals today with Pauline Lopez facing Chinese Wang Yun in the first round of the women’s -57 kgs. and Christian Al Dela Cruz fighting Mahmoud Hamdy Abdelrahim of Qatar in the men’s -80 kgs. first round.
In boxing, Mario Fernandez made it to the medal round of the bantamweight division following his 3-0 win over Shiva Thapa of India. The three judges scored 30-27, 29-28, 30-27.
In the semifinals, Fernandez will be up against Chinese Zhang Jiawei, a 2-1 winner over Omurbek Malabekov of Kyrgyzstan.
In basketball, Gilas Pilipinas hopes to snatch the seventh place when it battles Mongolia in the classification round at the Hwaseong Sports Gymnasium.
The game is set at 3:15 p.m. (2:15 p.m. in Manila).
Keglers Ma.Liza Del Rosario, Liza Clutario, Ma. Lara Posadas, Marie Alexis Sy, Anne Marie Kiac and Krizziah Lyn Tabora wound up eighth in the women’s team event with a total score of 5,787 points while the Blu Girls humiliated Thailand, 13-0, in the women’s softball preliminary round.
Despite the country’s two silver output on Tuesday, the Philippines remained at 26th with two silvers and four bronzes.
Wushu’s Daniel Parantac and Jean Claude Saclag grabbed the first two silvers, and archery’s Paul Dela Cruz and another wushu bet Francisco Solis were the other bronze medal winners.