Promising jin Alvaro Joaquin Aranton led the country’s one-gold, four-silver, one-bronze medal haul in the 2016 Gyeongju Korea Open International Taekwondo Championships held at the Gyeongju Gymnasium in South Korea.
Aranton pocketed the lone gold medal of the team after topping the junior male -78 kgs. of the tournament sanctioned by the World Tae kwon do Federation.
He defeated Taiwanese Chu Po-Hsiang in the gold-medal match via a 14-10 decision.
Aranton made it to the final round by scoring a sterling 15-1 victory over Surendran Vijayen of Malaysia in the semifinals.
John Shadrach Tan (junior male +78 kgs.), Veronica Garces (junior female -46 kgs.), Baby Jessica Canabal (junior female -49 kgs.) and Florence Mae Chavez (junior female -55 kgs.), on the other hand, settled for silver medals after losing in their respective final round matches.
Tan suffered a 4-9 defeat to Nur Putra Noor Azlan of Malaysia, Garces absorbed a close 5-7 decision to Chang Yu-Shin of Taiwan, Canabal got the same fate by earning a 0-1 loss to Sung Chia Yin of Taiwan, and Chavez bowed to Mushtariybegim Mavlyanova of Uzbekistan via superiority.
Raymundo Alombro 3rd earned the bronze in junior male -51 kgs.
Rio-bound Kirstie Elaine Alora (women’s +73 kgs.) and Southeast Asian Games champion Pauline Louise Lopez (women’s -57 kgs.) were not as lucky as they succumbed to Chinese fighters Guo Xingyue (2-5) and Li Wanhui (0-1), respectively.
Also failing to advance to the medal round were Kristopher Robert Uy (men’s +87 kgs.), Jenar Torillos (men’s -58 kgs.), Levita Ronna Ilao (women’s -49 kgs.), Arven Alcantara (men’s -68 kgs.), Francis Agojo (men’s -63 kgs.), Joaquin Mendoza Jr. (men’s -63 kgs.), Lance Cuvinar (men’s -80 kgs.), Keybert Lee Lumbiana (men’s -87 kgs.), Eldridge Langit (men’s -54 kgs.), Eddtone Lumasac (men’s -74 kgs.), Karen Celis (women’s -46 kgs.) and Paola Salazar (women’s -62 kgs.).
EMIL C. NOGUERA