The national tae kwon do team bagged one gold, three silvers and five bronzes in the 2015 Asia-Pacific Tae kwon do Invitational Championship held in Iloilo City.
Ateneo de Manila University standout Francis Aaron Agojo delivered the lone gold of the country as he ruled the men’s flyweight division.
The silver medals were from Jenar Torrillos (men’s flyweight), Levita Rona Ilao (women’s flyweight) and Pauline Louise Lopez (women’s featherweight) while the bronzes were delivered by Enrico Edgardo Mora and Paul Romero (men’s featherweight), Wasber Rassad (men’s flyweight), Irene Therese Bermejo (women’s flyweight), and Darlene Mae Arpon (women’s featherweight).
There were eight countries participated in the tournament – South Korea, US, Guam, Vietnam, Japan, China, Mongolia and host Philippines.
The Philippine Tae kwon do Association (PTA) used the tournament as part of buildup for the 2015 Southeast Asian Games scheduled in June in Singapore.
The Filipino jins are aiming to surpass their four-gold, four-silver, six-bronze output in the 2013 edition held in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
Besides the SEA Games, the PTA is also preparing for the continental championships—a qualifying event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The last time the Philippines participated in the Olympics was in 2008 in Beijing, China where Tshomlee Go and Mary Antoinette Rivero represented the country but failed to advance t the medal round.