Former Southeast Asian Games champion Veronica Domingo-Ryu stamped her class over fellow veteran campaigners to rule the women’s +67 kilograms ultra 33-45 division of the 2015 US Open Tae kwon do Championships held in Orlando, Florida.
Domingo-Ryu dominated American Jan Riedisser in the finals via an impressive 11-3 decision to pocket her second US Open title. She also bagged a gold medal in the 2013 edition held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Filipina jin, a SEA Games gold medalist in 2001 in Malaysia and 2003 in Vietnam, made it to the finals by nipping Tara Landrum of US via 15-3 referee-stopped-contest (points) in the semifinals.
“Kick might be slow and form wasn’t perfect but your drive or your perseverance will lead you to win,” said Domingo-Ryu, a former castaway of reality television show Survivor Philippines and head coach of the Far Eastern University tae kwon do team.
Besides her gold medals in the SEA Games, Domingo-Ryu had silver in 2005 in Manila, and bronzes in 1999 in Brunei Darussalam and in 2007 in Thailand. She also won bronzes in the Asian Games in 2002 in Busan, South Korea and in 2006 in Doha, Qatar.
Domingo-Ryu’s sparring partner Michael John Bugarin also secured a bronze in the men’s -86-kg. ultra 33-45 category.
Bugarin advanced to the semifinals but fell short against eventual champion Abdul Rehman Moghal of Norway, 0-3.