Benjamin Sembrano shrugs off health scare to give Philippines another Asiad taekwondo bronze


Young Benjamin Sembrano recovered from chest pains early in the week to fight on Thursday and give the Philippine taekwondo team its fourth bronze medal in the 17th Asian Games.

The 19-year-old Sembrano, who was brought to a hospital three days ago due to chest pains, managed to deliver fine performances in the men’s -68kg division although he could only reach the semifinals.

He bowed to Guangzhou Asiad bronze medalist Jiannan Huang of China, 16-2, in a fight that was stopped in the third round due to the point gap.

Sembrano scored a 12-9 win over Tangjai Chetrapee of Thailand to assure himself of a bronze medal, the country’s fourth in the taekwondo competitions following Samuel Morrison, Ronna Ilao, and Mary Anjelay Perez.

Sembrano, who finished fifth in the Asian Championship this year, got off to a fine start with a 12-10 win over Gh M Hasan Abdullah of Kuwait in the round-of-16.

Compatriot Jane Rafaelle Narra lost to her Chinese foe in the quarterfinals of the women’s -67kg class.

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