PH women’s poomsae team nabs bronze in 2018 Asian Games

Delfin Dioquino
PH women’s poomsae team nabs bronze in 2018 Asian Games
Taekwondo delivers a second bronze for the Philippines


MANILA, Philippines – Juvenile Faye Crisostomo, Rinna Babanto and Janna Dominique Oliva gave the Philippines its second medal in the 2018 Asian Games after nabbing bronze in the taekwondo women’s team poomsae on Sunday, August 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Finishing with 7.11 points against Korea’s Yeowon Gwak, Dongah Choi and Jaeeun Park, who garnered 8.020 points, the Filipinas fell short of their bid to nail at least a top two finish. 

Stll, the Filipina trio said the bronze was more than enough.

Hindi po namin in-expect na magbo-bronze po kami kasi ang kalaban po namin before mag-medal is ‘yung host country po, Indonesia. So super proud and honored, blessed po,” said Crisostomo, a Far Eastern University student. 

(We didn’t expect to get a bronze because we competed against host country Indonesia before the medal round. So we feel super proud and blessed.)

The Philippines downed Hong Kong, 8.00-7.49, in the Round of 16 before narrowly beating host Indonesia in the quarterfinals, 8.070-8.040. 

Nung nag-flash po ‘yung score, parang hindi pa po namin na-compute agad, kung kami po ba ‘yung panalo or sila po. So noong nag-blink na po ‘yung red, tapos winner ang Philippines,” Crisostomo said of the victory over Indonesia that assured them of at least a bronze medal.

(When the scores flashed, we couldn’t compute right away if we won or not. So it was only when the red signal blinked that we knew the Philippines won.”

Gusto ko pong umiyak sa court mismo, kasi ‘di talaga namin in-expect,” said Oliva, a University of the Philippines student. “Kasi sa first form po, sila ‘yung lamang. Then our coach just reminded us na may time pa bumawi for the next form, then ‘yun, we gave our all, and lumamang kami ng super kaunti sa kanila for the second form.”

(I wanted to cry because we really didn’t expect it. They were leading in the first form. Then our coach just reminded that there’s still time to make up for it in the next form. So we gave our all and we got a very narrow lead for the second form.)

Earlier, their male counterparts secured the country’s first medal with a bronze.

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.