Former Southeast Asian Games champion Veronica Domingo-Ryu copped three gold medals to lead the Filipino jins’ eight-gold, four-silver haul in the 2016 South Florida Open Tae kwon do Championships held at the Everglades High School in Florida, US.
Domingo-Ryu stamped her class in the women’s individual poomsae, ultra division heavyweight sparring and breaking to complete a sweet sweep of all her three events.
“It was a great result of our hard work during training. A lot of good jins were there but we’re happy that we were able to win medals,” said Domingo-Ryu, who recently won a couple of golds and a silver in the 2016 Florida State Tae kwon do Championships.
Sharing the spotlight was veteran campaigner Michael John Bugarin who secured two god medals in the ultra division bantamweight sparring and breaking categories while George Arsenal contributed one gold in men’s breaking, and two silvers in individual poomsae and ultra division heavyweight sparring.
The other medalists were Jan Mickael Casaña with one gold in men’s individual poomsae and one silver in junior division welterweight sparring, and Edred Euly with one gold in men’s individual poomsae and one silver in sparring.
“Win or lose, what’s more important is the experience and friendships we have gained from this tournament. We would like to thank the organizers headed by tournament director Master Yu for the invitation and warm welcome,” said team coach Angelito Ong.
Domingo-Ryu was a former member of the national team and head coach of the Far Eastern University tae kwon do team in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.
She won bronze medals in the 2012 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea and in 2006 in Doha, Qatar, and gold medals in the SEA Games in 2001 in Malaysia and in 2003 in Vietnam.