The national poomsae (forms) team kicked off the country’s campaign in the 2014 World University Tae kwon do Championships, winning two bronzes on Monday at the Inner Mongolia Gymnasium in Hohhot, China.
Asian Championships veteran Juvenile Faye Crisostomo placed third in the women’s individual to deliver the first bronze in the six-day event sanctioned by the International University Sports Federation. Xia Yu of China took the gold while Sa Lisa Amnuaychai of Thailand copped the silver.
Crisostomo then connived with Leanarda Nicole Landrito and Jocelyn Ninobla in earning the third place honors in the women’s team event topped by eventual champion South Korea and silver winner China.
“We rarely had time to prepare. From Asian Championships, we had only four days to train again before we left for China. They were still exhausted from the Asian Championships. They could have done better, but they were not as psyched compared to Asian Championships,” said poomsae head coach Jean Pierre Sabido.
Vidal Marvin Gabriel, Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Enrico Mella, however, fell short in the men’s division.
The Filipino jins gun for more medals in the kyorugi (sparring) event.
Seeing action in the men’s division are Francis Aaron Agojo, Enrique Edgardo Mora 4th, Lorenz Chavez, Arven Alcantara, Eddtone Lumasac, Christian Al Dela Cruz and Nicole Zapata while Korina Paladin, Ronnielette Balancio, Nicole Abigail Cham, Clouie Bolinas, Patricia Francesca Gonzalez and Jane Rafaelle Narra take part in the women’s side.
The poomsae team is fresh from winning two golds, four silvers and two bronzes in the 3rd Asian Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan with Sabido (men’s individual), and the trio of Gabriel, Dustin Jacob and Raphael Enrico (men’s team) claiming the gold medals.