The Philippine national team collected three gold medals, two silvers and a bronze medal to finish in third place at the 8th Tae kwon do Poomsae World Championships in Bali, Indonesia, last week.
Mikeala Calamba, a two-time world champion, captured the female individual freestyle gold and also won another gold with Jocel Lyn Ninobla and Rinna Babanta in the female team (under 17 years old) competition.
Jean Pierre Sabido shared the limelight with Calamba by taking home the male team (under 29 years old) gold, with Ernesto Guzman Jr. and Glenn Lava and taking the silver medal in the male freestyle individual event.
Calamba also won a gold in the last world championships in Tunja, Colombia.
The other silver came from Vidal Marvin Gabriel, Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Enrico Mella in the male team (under 29 years old) competition, while Sabido, Ernesto Guzman Jr., Lava, Rani Ann Ortega and Ma. Carla Janice Lagman clinched the bronze in freestyle team event.
Korea, as expected, took the crown with seven gold, six silver and four silver medals. Vietnam settled for second with three gold, three silver and five bronze medals.
JOSEF T. RAMOS