Kristopher Robert Uy and Kirstie Elaine Alora posted come-from-behind victories to capture gold medals and end Philippine teakwondo’s campaign on a high note at the Southeast Asian Games on Saturday in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Uy clinched the gold in the men’s +87 kg category with a 7-6 victory over Vietnam’s Quang Duc Dihn after he overhauled his 4-6 deficit entering the final round.
Alora defeated Davin Sorin of Cambodia, 6-4, to win the gold in the women’s +73 kg category following a scintillating third round to come back from a 0-3 deficit at the end of the second.
It was the third straight gold medal for Alora in the SEA Games.
Francis Aaron Agojo (+73kgs) won a silver while Jane Rafaelle Narra (-73 kgs) and Mary Anjelay Pelaez (-46 kgs) took the bronze on Saturday.
The Philippine national taekwondo team has won 4 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze medals at this year’s SEA Games; a silver and a bronze improvement to their 2011 SEA Games results where they also won 4 gold but only with 3 silvers and 5 bronze medals. They have also improved their total medals won to 14, from 12 in last SEA Games.
Winning also the gold medals in taekwondo are Jade Zafra (women’s 57kg) and the men’s poomsae team composed of Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Marvin Gabriel Vidal.
Other silver medalists are Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison (74kg), Christianal dela Cruz (men’s 80kg), and Marvin Gabriel Vidal (men’s poomsae singles); while the remaining bronze medalists are Paulo Romero (men’s 63kg), Gershon Bautista (68kg), Pauline Louise Lopez (women’s 53kg) and the women’s poomsae team composed of Ma Carla Janice Lagman, Rani Ortega and Rinna Babanto.