Bermejo bows down to Vietnamese in taekwondo U-46 kg. finals
Mark Escarlote on Jun 12, 2015 09:08 PM
Therese Bermejo settles for silver in the women's U-46 kg. event.
SINGAPORE --- Filipina jin Irene Therese Bermejo fell short of a gold medal in taekwondo women’s under-46 kg. event after a painful 7-19 finals defeat at the hands of Vietnamese Thi Kim Tuyen Truong in the 28th Southeast Asian Games held Friday night at the EXPO Hall 2 here.
The Vietnamese raced to a commanding 11-1 lead after the first round and the Pinay jin just couldn’t recover to surrender a points gap decision.
It could’ve had been the country’s 25th gold medal and second of the Pinoy jins after the trio of Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. bagged the top podium finish in the men’s team poomsae early in the day.
Bermejo defeated Myanmar’s Nway Nway, 16-7, in a referee stoppage decision in the quarterfinals to setup a match with Singaporean Xin Wei Chew.
The 18-year-old jin overpowered the local bet, 28-4, to win by points gap.
She toyed with the Singaporean in the opening round 12-4 before pounding a 17-1 rout in the second frame to advance in the finals.
Truong escaped a golden point 5-4 win over Thailand’s Wilasinee Khamsribusa in the Final Four.
The Vietnamese scored a point each in the third and fourth round after falling behind 3-4 in the first two rounds.
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