Promising jin Wendil Jay Rama delivered the country’s lone medal —a bronze—in the 2015 World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Taekwondo Cadet Championships held at the T1 Arena in Muju, South Korea.
Rama ousted Kallyl Santos of Brazil via an easy 13-0 rout in the first round of the male -33-kilogram category. He also scored an aggressive 10-4 victory over Abdalghani Yasini of Palestine in the second round and an 18-8 win over Kubilay Yilmaz of Germany in the quarterfinals.
The Filipino jin, however, suffered a 5-9 loss to Amir Valipour of Iran in the semifinals to settle for the bronze medal.
South Korean Kim Kang-min bagged the gold medal after nailing a 5-3 win against Valipour in the championship round.
The other members of the team namely Royda Jane Ranile (female -29-kg.), Anne Sharmaine Albarra¬cin (female -33-kg.), Karina MArie Uy (female -51-kg.), Ejay Dongbo (male -65-kg.), Camille Andrea Miraflores (female -41-kg.), Giwel An Jynamae Irang (female -47-kg.), Matthew John Ongtangco (male-37-kg.), Rohann Josh Mendoza (male-53-kg.), Josea Dizon (female -44-kg.), Shaira Isabel Garbanzos (female -55-kg.), Dineson Wilrej Cane¬da (male -41-kg.), Arian Deandre Calimon (male -45-kg.), Alyssa Louise Caabay (female -37-kg.) and Marco Antonio Rubio (male -49-kg.) failed to advance to the medal round in their respective weight classes.
Iran bagged the overall title with seven gold medals while host South Korea earned four mints. Thailand, Germany and Russia got two golds each, and France, US and Ukraine claimed one gold apiece.