The Philippines won one gold, two silver and five bronze medals in the 4th Asian Taekwondo Poomsae Championships on Monday at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.
The trio of Jean Pierre Sabido, Ernesto Guzman and Glenn Lava snatched the gold medal (7.97) in the team male over-30 age group. They defeated Iran (7.88) and South Korea (7.72), which landed second and third, respectively.
Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Rodolfo Reyes Jr. bagged the silver medal in the individual male under-30 category. He finished with 7.84 points, narrowly losing to gold medalist Chang Hyun Oh of South Korea, who scored 7.93.
Maulana Haidir of Indonesia and Mahdi Jamali Fashi of Iran, settled for bronze medals.
“The level of competition for poomsae [forms]is not easy. To get a silver or especially gold is something we are proud of,” competition manager Raul Samson told The Manila Times.
June Ninobla also secured a silver medal in the individual Male under-50 by scoring 8.09 points. South Korean Jin Han Lee ruled the event with 8.29 points while the bronze medals went to Taiwanese Ho Pin Lin (7.96) and Iranian Seyed Hossein Mousania (7.72).
Ernesto Guzman snatched the bronze medal in the individual male under-40 division as he garnered 7.64 compared to 7.85 points of eventual winner Ki Sung Song of South Korea and second placer Ali Salmani of Iran (7.74).
Jocel Lyn Ninobla also earned a bronze medal after scoring 7.9 points in the individual female under-30 category dominated by So Hee Kang of South Korea (8.27) and Defia Rosmaniar of India (8.15).
The other bronze medal winners were Dulce Perez (female under-50), Joel Lacsama (male under-60) and Jaime Gonzaga (male over-60).
In the Asian Para-Open Taekwondo Championships, Philippines’ lone contender Allan Keanua Ganapin bowed out early in the men’s 75-kilogram division, losing in his opening match, 0-5, to Choi Jae Sik of South Korea.
“We are really doing our best do give the best Asian championship. What we heard so far with other counterpart officials is that our hosting is of the highest standard they have seen for an Asian event,” said Samson.