PH jins cop 5 medals in Korea Open

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Women’s team senior gold medalists Rinna Babanto, Jocel Lyn Ninobla and Juvenile Crisostomo. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Women’s team senior gold medalists Rinna Babanto, Jocel Lyn Ninobla and Juvenile Crisostomo. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The national poomsae team earned one gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the 2015 Chuncheon Korea Open International Tae kwon do Championships being held at the Hoban Gym in Chuncheon City, South Korea.

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Veteran campaigners Rinna Babanto, Jocel Lyn Ninobla and Juvenile Crisostomo secured the country’s first gold medal after topping the women’s team senior division of the event sanctioned by the World Tae kwon do Federation and Asia Tae kwon do Union.

“This championships we sent mostly new players – the developmental pool of players. Except for our veterans the women’s trio,” said national poomsae coach Jean Pierre Sabido, a World Championships gold medalist.

St. Mary’s Academy standout Patrick King Perez added one silver in the individual junior male event then connived with Lee Robiegayle Navales in winning another silver medal in the mixed pair junior class.

Crisostomo and Sta. Rosa, Laguna bet Bella Cesista claimed one bronze each in the individual female senior 1 category.

“They all did very well. Our main priority for this championships is to give our new players the experience they need for bigger competitions such as the World Championships, Asian Games, and Southeast Asian Games,” added Sabido.

The poomsae team has been a consistent medal producer in international tournaments.

In 2014, they won two golds, four silvers and two bronzes in the Asian Tae kwon do Poomsae Championships in Uzbekistan; two bronzes in the World University Tae kwon do Championship in China; four golds and one silver in the World Tae kwon do Hanmadang Championships in South Korea; and three golds, two silvers and three bronzes in the World Tae kwon do Poomsae Championships in Mexico.

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