Targeting Tokyo

[PODCAST] Targeting Tokyo: Kurt Barbosa

Beatrice Go

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[PODCAST] Targeting Tokyo: Kurt Barbosa
Philippine taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa rides on his newfound confidence going to the Olympics

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Kurt Barbosa knew he was Philippine taekwondo’s last hope and he fulfilled it.

Barbosa was trailing home bet and tournament No. 2 seed Zaid Al-Halawani by 15 points in the final round of the Olympic qualifiers, but he rallied to beat the Jordanian, 50-49, and seal a berth in the Tokyo Games.

But the 22-year-old’s journey to taekwondo’s biggest stage didn’t come easy.

Barbosa had to overcome a lot of trials and years of hard work to earn the 2018 UAAP rookie-MVP honors, make the national team, and later bag the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold.

Holding on to the confidence he has in himself, Barbosa aims to see how far he can go in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. –

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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.