University of Antique’s (UA) Taekwondo team kicked their way in into the finals as they bagged four golds, two silvers and one bronze in Men’s category while one silver and bronze in Women’s category in the 2020 RSCUAA competition held at Technological University of the Philippines Visayas (TUP-V) gymnasium today, 8:00am.
Overall, they finished as first runner-up after West Visayas State University (WVSU) took the overall champion while Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) ranked second.
“Last year, we brought five golds but this time we only have four but at least we made this far and still gave honor to our university. I think we are lacking in terms of practice and preparations because of the school activities,” said Greg Conrad Montaño who coaches of UA Men’s Taekwondo and assists the women team.
Gold medalists in Men’s category were Alexander John Belarmino from Flyweight division against ISAT-U, 21-6; Omanzie Barcelona from Featherweight division against Capiz State University (CAPSU), 24-11; Clifford Owen Sael against Northern Negros College of Science and Technology (NONESCOST), 15-5 and Jonathan Santamena against CAPSU, 27-6.
“[For] my future game, I will pray and train harder. I’ll be focusing on one goal and that is to snatch again the gold medal,” Belarmino said.
Belarmino’s long turn kick during his semis made him to advance in the finals and he was the first to bring the gold medal.
The silver medalists were Carl Francis Alarcon from Lightweight division against Aklan State University (ASU), 1-2 and Ryleen Genesis Faulan from Middleweight division against Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC), 13-14.
Unfortunately, Alarcon wasn’t able to finish the final match because both of his leg was elbowed by his opponent during the first round, 15 seconds remaining.
Also, silver medalist from women was Mae Ann Lomugda from Welterweight division against ASU and bronze medalist was Felan Rose Tonog from Bantam weight division against CHMSC.
Written by LOUIE JOHN SERVANCIA