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4 UC jins help team Ph to top podium of online poomsae tilt

Four University of the Cordillera earned medals and helped Team Philippines to the over-all title in the ONE Taekwondo Poomsae Championships International held virtually over the weekend.

Emmanuel Narciso won a gold, while Jerimei Tabisula and Johnrey Velo accounted for silver and Kimberly Jane Abing added a bronze medal as Philippines amassed 59-41-38 (gold-silver-bronze) in the event 16 nation competitions which is first for UC athletes.

With six extra bronze medals won, team Philippines took home a total of 134 medals and 352 to totally dominate the competition.

In its post, the UC Sports Development Office – Jaguars said: “This is the very first in the UC Taekwondo Team to go international thus, another history has been made.”

The post added that the four athletes competed with 288 athletes to showcase their skills and with: “The four Jaguars contributed in bringing the Philippines on the top spot.”

Velo is the UC taekwondo team coach and chief instructor of Braveheart where the three players train regularly.

The United States finished second with 40-33-14 and five medal haul for 92 total. That was equivalent to 245 points.

Canada may have finished with less gold than Indonesia with five against eight for the latter but earned more silver and gold medals with five, seven and two for 22 total medals and 45 points.

The biggest nation archipelago in the world came up with four, two and one silver and bronze medals for 15 total and 43 points.

Cambodia had 3-2-2 for seven medals total and 18 points to land fifth in the competition followed by two other Southeast Asian nations, Malaysia (0-5-2-3) and Singapore (2-2-0).

Italy was the highest placed European nation with a 2-0-0 output and 12 points in tie with Australia which finished with the same haul and points.

Rounding up the top 10 are Macau (1-1-0) in tie with Greece and Slovenia and France which finished with one gold a piece.

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