• PH karatekas bag 3 gold medals in Bangkok tourney

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    The national karatedo team continued its impressive showing in the 2015 Karatedo Thailand Open Championships, winning three golds, five silvers and nine bronzes on Wednesday at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

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    Chloe Bernadette Liamson (girls’ 12-Under kumite +38 kgs.), Lance Gabriel Villafane (boys’ 12-Under kumite +43 kgs.) and Jaspher Fontillas (boys’ cadet kumite -70 kgs.) topped their respective events to deliver the country’s first three golds in the tournament participated by 800 athletes from 30 countries.

    Claiming silver medals were Marvin Pinpin (boys’ cadet kumite – 55 kgs.), Czarina Napa (girls’ 12-Under kumite -43 kgs.), Mark Andrei Barrientos (boys’ kumite 14-Under -48 kgs.), Randy Padua (boys’ cadet kumite +70 kgs.) and Narayana Mesina (boys’ kumite 14-Under +48 kgs.)

    The bronzes were from Ivanna Cablao Cadet (girls’ kumite -54 kgs.), Timothy Yu (boys’ 12-Under kumite +43 kgs.), Gian Valencia (boys’ kumite -68 kgs.), Chris Kawaen (boys’ kumite cadet -61 kgs.), John Enrico Vasquez (boys’ cadet kumite-52 kgs.), Gilbert Arellano (boys’ cadet kumite -52 kgs.), Angeligue Aguilar (girls’ kumite -53 kgs.),

    Alexis Nunez (junior kumite -55 kgs.) and Rita Cuadra (girls’ kata 14-Under).

    Overall, the Philippines has three golds, seven silvers and 11 bronzes.

    Liamson (girls’ 12-Under kata) and Jaime Villegas (boys’ cadet kata) bagged the first two silvers on Day 1 while John Enrico Vasquez (boys’ cadet kata) and River Lopez (girls’ 12-Under kata) added bronzes.

    “More medals are expected to come when our senior players plunge into action. We’re happy that everyone is contributing to our medal haul,” said Philippine Karatedo Federation Secretary General Raymund Lee Reyes.

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