Tae kwon do jin Kirstie Elaine Alora and Kristopher Robert Uy won two more gold medals for the Philippines a few more days before the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar closes.
Alora beat Sorn Davin of Cambodia, 6-4, in the women’s heavyweight division (+73 category), while Uy won over Quang Duc Dinh of Vietnam, 7-6, in the men’s +87 class during the final day of tae kwon do competitions on Saturday at the Wunna Theikdi Stadium.
“I was kicked in my head but I recovered and avoided being hit again,” said Alora, the reigning champion in her division and an Expert Management major at College of Saint Benilde.
Uy managed to recover from a bad start to notch a come-from-behind win with a powerful 45-degree head kick against his Vietnamese opponent.
The Philippine tae kwon do team now matched the four-gold medal haul they accomplished in the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia. They also won four silver and seven bronze medals in the Myanmar edition of the biennial meet.
In muay thai, Preciosa Ocaya also won a gold medal after beating Phithsaya Phoumchanh of Laos in the women’s 54kg. class
Meanwhile, veteran player Richard Gonzales won a bronze medal in table tennis despite an injured ankle.
Gonzales defeated Sok Long Lim of Cambodia, Mohd Shakirin Ibrahim of Malaysia, Chaisit Chaitat of Thailand and Phinit Khong Phet of Laos in the elimination round to enter the medal round. But Gonzales lost to Chinese import Zhan Jian (0-4) in the semifinals for an automatic bronze finish.
“He ignored the pain,” said Table Tennis Association of the Philippines President Ting Ledesma who himself won the silver medal of the same event in the 2005 SEA Games in Manila. “The Philippine table tennis community is happy and satisfied with his performance.”