The Philippines men’s poomsae team started Philippines campaign in taewkondo on a high note, after winning the team event gold medal in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium A, Naypyitwa, Myanmar.
The trio of Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Marvin Gabriel Vidal, topped the scoreboard with 7.920 points, way ahead the silver medalist, team Indonesia who managed to score only 7.590.
Team Thailand settled for bronze with 7.550 points.
Poised to grab another gold for the country, Marvin Gabriel Vidal was shocked by the Burmese newbie Thaw Zin Han who stole the gold from the Filipino by scoring 8.035 in the men’s poomsae singles.
Vidal settled for the siler with 8.035, while Vietnamese’ Anh Minh Le won the bronze with 7.910 points.
The world class women’s poomsae team on the other hand composed of Ma Carla Janice Lagman, Rani Ortega and Rinna Babanto were shockingly relegated to third place, settling for the bronze, with the Vietnamese trio of Thi Le Kim Nguyen, Thi Thu Ngan Nguyen and Tuhet Van Chau winning the gold with 7.950 points.
The women’s trio only managed to score 7.665 points, behind Thailand who won the silver with 7.785 points.
Team Indonesia who scored 7.670 shared the gold with the Philippines who scored only 7.665 (the lowest in the group).
In the men’s 68-74 kg, Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison settled for silver after bowing down to Thailand’s Peerathep Silaon, 7-8.
Morrison was leading 4-1 in the first round, but the Thai fought harder in the next round to finish round two with 6-4 score.
Determined to win another gold for Taekwondo in the opening day, Morrision was all pumped up in the third round, but only managed two score 3 points while Silaon score another 4 points to beat the Filipino.
On day two of action in the Taekwondo, Gershon Bautista is seeing action in men’s 63kg-68kg, Christianal dela Cruz in Men’s 74-80 kg, and Jade Zafra (PHI) in Women’s 53-57 kg.