GWANGJU, South Korea: The Filipino jins will be gunning for medals in the 2015 Summer World University Games tae kwon do competitions beginning today at the Chosun University Gymnasium.
Mapua Institute of Technology standouts Joah Lou Lopez (female) and George Chua (male) hope to deliver the country’s first medal when they compete in their respective individual event in poomsae.
The preliminary round will begin at 9 a.m.
Chua and Allysa Elica Daileg are also scheduled on compete on Wednesday in the mixed pair event.
Playing in the sparring event beginning on Thursday are Juan Paolo Cipriano (bantamweight), Gabriel Joshua Ancheta (featherweight), Jose Daniel Asuncion (flyweight), Ranielle Paul Ledesma (welterweight), Ann Janeth Garcia (bantamweight), Kimmi Dela Rea (lightweight) and Bonna Lyrh Magcalayo (welterweight).
“We treat this like the Olympic Games. We give students experience, motivation and inspiration. Sayang. Our own sports leaders kill it. Kawawa ang magagaling na national team members, they only go to Palarong Pambansa, Philippine National Games, SEA Games compared to the Universiade. It’s a world-class event,” said former Sen. Nikki Coseteng.
Over at the Nambu University Aquatics Center, the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) tankers continued to earn some respect from their foreign counterparts.
University of Santo Tomas’ Jux Keaton Solita placed third in the men’s 200m butterfly Heat 1 with a time of two minutes and 18.79 seconds while newcomer Lister Ray Tungala was fifth in the same heat (3:00.20).
“Kahit na maliliit sila at malalaki ang mga kalaban nila, lumalaban ang mga bata. Hindi sila natatakot. Yung motivation nila nandun dahil inirerepresent nila ang bansa natin at natutuwa ako sa naga-gain nilang experience dito,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Iloilo’s Rosemary Occeno wound up second and Jackelyn Calvadores ended up third in the women’s 200m individual medley Heat 1; Chryserr Palomado was third in the men’s 200m breaststroke Heat 1; Sean Martin Ortega was sixth and Casy Gumabong was eighth in men’s 50m backstroke Heat 2.
“Those who see their positions as a life-long title even if they show nothing more than most humiliation for the Philippines. In other countries, they resign. In the Philippines, they give inane excuses, kill any attempt to do what’s good and right, and making sipsip just to stay on,” Coseteng stressed.