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PH bags 8 medals in Asian tilt

THE Philippine taekwondo athletes made the country proud again by collecting eight medals—five silvers and three bronzes—in the recent Asian Junior Taekwondo Championships in Atyrau, Kazakhstan.

Competing in free sparring, the Meralco/MVP Sports Foundation jins brought home four of the silver medals and one bronze, while the PLDT Home Ultera/MVP Sports Foundation team bagged one silver and two bronzes in the poomsae (forms) event.

Carlo Dominic Dionisio, Rryshel Jasmine Ramirez, Beatrice Kassandra Gaerlan and Florence Mae Chavez produced silver s while Abigail Faye Valdez earned a bronze in the free sparring competition.

In poomsae, Justin Kobe Macario won the freestyle individual men’s silver while Patrick King Perez, Justin Carlo Mendoza and Jessie Daniel Ignacio took the men’s freestyle and Aidaine Krishia Laxa, Chelsea Xen Tacay, Jessie Daniel Ignacio, Justin Kobe Macario and Shane Jeremy Benavente got the freestyle team bronzes.

Members and officials of the Philippine taekwondo team are shown after the awarding ceremony.  Kneeling, from left, are: Shane Jeremy Benavente, Daphne Ching, Maria Aljana Erece, Aidine Krishia Laxa, Chelsea Xen Tacay, Jade Ashley Carno and Justin Kobe Macario.  Seated: Sturdy Jay Gilbuena, Gabriel Elpidio Lamarca, Beatrice Kassandra Gaerlan, Laizel Angela Abucay, Abigail Faye Valdez, Ezra Balingit, Florence May Chavez, Rryshel Jasmine Ramirez, Laila Delo, Raymundo Alombro III and Dinneson Wilrej Caneda. Standing: Mark Arby Gariega, Harley Vincent Santos, Gabriel Salaknib Soria, Alvaro Joaquin Aranton, Napoleon Dagdagan Jr., Jeordan Dominguez, Tem Igor Mella, Rani Ann Ortega, Alvin Taraya, Carlo Dominic Dionisio, Jessie Daniel Ignacio, Patrick King Perez and Justin Carlo Mendoza.
The Filipino lady jins were quite impressive as they finished fourth overall in a tough field of 25 countries including, Korea, Iran and China.

The junior team was supported by Smart Communications Inc., Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

A month earlier, another Philippine taekwondo group chalked up five gold, seven silver and four bronze medals in the 2017 Asean Championships held in Perlis, Malaysia.

Topics: Philippine taekwondo athletes , Asian Junior Taekwondo Championships
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