Twelve-man Philippine taekwondo team rules Japan meet
ABS-CBN Sports on May 03, 2017 03:38 PM
The members of the victorious Team Joyland pose with Master Kim Hyo Jun.
The Philippines dominated the World Taekwdondo Federation Konjinkan Cup 2017, hauling numerous medals throughout the KT Open Taekwondo Championships in Yokohama Japan last April 23.
Twelve jins, mostly kids and teens from the Joyland Taekwondo Academy, helped the Philippines bag a total of six golds, 10 silvers, and 11 bronze medals in the sparring, individual, and group competitions.
Gavin Patrick Inocentes, the grandson of former DFA secretary Albert Del Rosario and nephew of former taekwondo champ Monsour del Rosario, and Gabriel Lapuz each brought home gold for sparring in the Kids 5-7 years old bracket.
Chantel Ong struck gold in the Teens Juniors Girls category while Sean Rodriguez and Gerard Tan both added hardware to the country's haul after winning golds in the Teens Juniors Boys category, as well as bronzes in the Individual Poomsae category.
Other medalists include JayC Ang (2 silvers, 1 bronze), Marcial Colayco (2 silvers, 1 bronze), Sean Ong (1 silver), Anton Quito (1 gold, 1 bronze), Samantha Rodriguez 1 silver), Ethan Sia (2 bronzes), and Ian Santos (2 bronzes).
The annual event drew nearly 500 athletes from 13 different countries, including Brazil, Brunei, and Japan.
Team Philippines will get a chance to showcase more in the 2018 WTF Konjinkan Cup in April next year.