Ateneo de Manila University standout Francis Aaron Agojo secured the country’s first gold in the 2014 World University Taekwondo Championships being held at the Inner Mongolia Gymnasium in Hohhot, China.
Agojo, a silver medalist in the 2013 Asian Youth Games, outclassed Ibrahim Ethem Pak of Turkey in the finals of the men’s fin weight category (-54 kgs.). Pak settled for silver while losing semifinalists Nakagawa Takaya of Japan and Soslan Baimatov of Russia got one bronze each.
So far, the Philippines has one gold and two bronzes in the world meet sanctioned by the International University Sports Federation.
The bronzes were delivered by the poomsae team.
Asian Championships veteran Juvenile Faye Crisostomo placed third in the women’s individual then teamed up with Leanarda Nicole Landrito and Jocelyn Ninobla in earning another bronze in the women’s team event.
Enrique Edgardo Mora 4th, Lorenz Chavez, Arven Alcantara, Eddtone Lumasac, Christian Al Dela Cruz and Nicole Zapata are also scheduled to play in the men’s division while Korina Paladin, Ronnielette Balancio, Nicole Abigail Cham, Clouie Bolinas, Patricia Francesca Gonzalez and Jane Rafaelle Narra vie in the women’s class.
The tournament serves as the team’s build up for the 2014 World Championships scheduled on October 31 to November 3 in Mexico.