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PH taekwondo jins aim to catch last bus to Tokyo 2020

Beatrice Go
PH taekwondo jins aim to catch last bus to Tokyo 2020

GOLD MEDAL. Pauline Lopez wins the 2019 SEA Games gold.

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Philippine taekwondo pins its Olympic hopes on its veteran bets in the Asian Olympic qualifying tournament in Amman, Jordan

Four Filipino taekwondo jins are set to make most out of their last chance for a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth in the Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament from May 21 to 22 in Amman, Jordan.

Kirstie Alora, the country’s bet in the 2016 Rio Olympics, leads the pack as she aims for a return to the quadrennial meet in the women’s +67kg event.

The tournament will also give Alora the chance to redeem herself after settling for a silver in the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Pauline Lopez and Kurt Bryan Barbosa, both 2019 SEA Games gold medalists, hope to continue their golden run in the women’s -57kg and men’s 58kg events, respectively.

Arven Alcantara, who copped a silver in the country’s hosting of the regional biennial meet, will open the campaign in the men’s -68kg event.

The gold and silver medalists of this event will earn berths to the biggest global sports showpiece that will take place from July 23 to August 8.

Paralympian Allain Keanu Ganapin (-75 kg) will vie for a slot via the Paralympics Qualifying Tournament on Sunday, May 23. – Rappler.com

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.