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KOBE MACARIO and the Philippine taekwondo team. PTA photo

After helping the country to a five silver, three bronze performance last week in the 2022 Asian Taekwondo Championship in Chuncheon, South Korea, Justin Kobe Macario chipped in a gold medal to help the country to a 2-3-4 performance in the 2022 Chuncheon Korea Open International Taekwondo Championships in the same venue.

Macario won the men’s freestyle over 17 for a 1-3 finish in the same category after Darius Venerable took the bronze medal.

The country earned another gold in the recognized mixed poomsae with veteran Rodolfo Reyes, Jr. leading the way Enrico Mella, and Angelica Gaw.

The country’s second team earned a silver medal in the same category with Patrick Perez, Jocel Ninobla, and Nikki Oliva.

The country also earned a silver medal in women’s freestyle, Over 17, with Nikki Oliva accounting for that.

In the freestyle pair, Over 17, two time world champion Jeordan Dominguez and Juvenile Crisostomo placed third.

The country also earned silver and bronze medals in recognized poomsae – female, under 30, with Jocel Ninobla taking the higher medal and Aidane Laxa.

Reyes then placed third in recognized poomsae – male, under 30.

In its post over Facebook, the Philippine Taekwondo Association thanked “all athletes, coaches and partners. This wouldn’s have been possible without your hard work and support.”

Last week Dominguez and Macario joined hands with Venerable, Crisostomo and Janna Dominque-Oliva to secure the silver medal in the free style poomsae mixed team over-17.

Macario then joined with Crisostomo to bag the bronze medal in the freestyle poomsae pair over-17 event.

Oliva and Venerable also took the silver medals in the freestyle poomsae over 17 in the female and male division, while Rodolfo Reyes, Jr. was the second best in the same category for males 30 years and older.

The fifth silver medal was secure by the trio of  Joaquin Tuzon, Enrico Mella, and Patrick King Perez in recognized poomsae team male under 30.

Their female counterparts composed of Angelica Gaw, Aidaine Laxa and Patrick King Perez, meanwhile, settled for the bronze medal.

Reyes and Jocel Ninobla added another bronze medal in the recognized poomsae pair under 30.

The Asian championship is one of the two events the Smart/MVP Sports Foundation National Kyorugi and Poomsae Team is set to compete in said city in Korea. 

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