THE Philippines produced another splendid international performance in taekwondo by winning three gold and five bronze medals in the recent 2016 World Poomsae Taekwondo Championships in Lima, Peru.
Ernesto Guzman Jr. emerged as the top Filipino performer by bagging the recognized poomsae men’s individual under 40 gold and sharing with Jean Pierre Sabido and Glenn Lava the recognized poomsae men’s team over 40 gold.
Jeordan Dominguez provided the third Philippine gold by dominating the freestyle poomsae individual male over 17 competition.
The bronze medalists were:
Dustin Jacob Mella, Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Raphael Enrico Mella in recognized poomsae men’s team under 30; Rodolfo Reyes Jr. in recognized poomsae individual male under 30; June Ninobla in recognized poomsae individual male under 50; Mark Lorenz Balcita and Janna Dominique Oliva in freestyle poomsae pair over 17; and Jeordan Dominguez, Mark Lorenz Balcita, McAvyngyr Alob, Janna Dominique Oliva and Juvenile Faye Crisostomo in freestyle poomsae mixed team over 17.
The Filipinos, who also carried the colors of PLDT Home Ultera and MVP Sports Foundation, finished sixth overall out of 55 countries in the prestigious world event.
“Our athletes’ long training and hard work paid off,” said Philippine Taekwondo Association’s CEO, Sung Chon Hong. “They deserve the medals that they brought home.”
The Philippine team’s participation was also supported by Smart Communications Inc., Meralco, TV5 and Philippine Sports Commission.