The Philippine national karatedo team won a medal of each color – gold, silver and bronze – at the end of the karatedo competitions in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium A, Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
Winning the gold medal is SEA Games veteran Ramon Antonio Franco who beat Indonesia’s Ragananda Iman Tauhid (QF), Vietnam’s Nguyen Phi Tuan (SF) and Brunei’s Sanif Muhammad Fada’iy (F) in the men’s individual kumite 55kg event en route to his first SEA Games gold medal.
Born and raised in Tacloban, Franco fell in love with karatedo as a teenager and worked his way into the national team.
It is his first time to win a gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games after winning the bronze in the 2009 Games and the silver in 2011.
Philippines’ bet in the women’s individual kumite 55kg, Mae Soriano, won the the silver medal after she bowed to Nisha Alagasan of Malaysia in the finals.
Joanna Mae Ylana settled for the bronze medal in the women’s individual kumite 68kg after winning her repechage match against Bounleud Sengtavanh of Loas.
Close to winning a bronze medal were OJ delos Santos in the men’s individual kata, and Princess Diane Sincangco in the women’s individual kumite 68kg who both lost their repechage matches.
Also failing to hurdle their quarterfinal bouts are Jason Ramil Macaalay (Kumite 60kg), Rexor Romaquin (kumite 67kg), John Michael Vincent Badil (kumite 75kg), and Engene Stoner Dagohoy (kumite 84kg)
In the kumite team event, the men’s team bowed down to Malaysia, 0-3, in the quarterfinals, and then failed to win the bronze in the repechage match against Indonesia where the lost 1-3.
The women’s kumite team also lost in their quarterfinal battle against Myanmar, 0-2. No repechage game for the women’s team since the burmese team failed to advance to the finals.
Although the Philippine karatekas won 7 medals last 2011 SEA Games, this year’s performance is still an improvement from last 2011 performance because the team was able to deliver a gold medal.
In 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia they were only able to win a silver and 6 bronze.