Pinay jin Alora loses to Mexican and Moroccan
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 20, 2016 10:17 PM
Maria del Rosario Espinoza Espinoza of Mexico, right, and Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines compete in a women's Taekwondo over 67kg round of 16 at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
RIO DE JANEIRO – The Philippines kissed its gold medal hopes goodbye in taekwondo Saturday after Kirstie Elaine Alora bowed to Mexico’s Maria Espinoza then to Morocco's Wiam Dislam at the Carioca 3 of the Olympic Park here.
The 26-year-old Alora failed to establish her distance against the gold medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and bronze medalist in the 2012 London Olympics.
The Filipina trailed after the first round, 1-0, equalized early in the second but faced a 3-1 deficit entering the third and final round. The Mexican took a 4-1 lead with under a minute left. Alora launched desperate moves in the closing seconds but could not land any solid shot.
Espinoza scored mostly on kicks to the body. Alora said she was wary of the Mexican’s head kicks.
“I could not anticipate what she was going to do to me. Each time she engages, she breaks out quickly. That made it very difficult for me,” said Alora.
“Nahirapan ako sa stepping niya (I had difficulty with her stepping),” she said.
“There was not much of a different the first time we met in 2009 (Alora lost, 2-1). She threw the same kicks. It was her stepping that changed. That made it difficult for me,” Alora said.
“She was not much into throwing head kicks. I was very careful with that. It was her stepping,” she added.
With Espinoza reaching the final, Alora still had a chance at a bronze via the repêchage later in the evening,
However, the Pinay jin lost to Wiam Dislam of Morocco, 5 - 7, in the said match.