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Taekwondo bet Kurt Barbosa loses to No. 1 seed in opener

Beatrice Go

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Taekwondo bet Kurt Barbosa loses to No. 1 seed in opener

TOUGH DRAW. Kurt Barbosa ends up battling early top-seeded Jang Jun of South Korea.

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Filipino taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa hopes to stay alive in the repechage

Kurt Barbosa faltered against the top-seeded Jang Jun of South Korea, 26-6, on Saturday, July 24 in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics’ taekwondo men’s -58kg event at the Makuhari Messe Hall.

Despite the loss, Barbosa still has a chance for a podium finish as he will be placed in the repechage bout if Jang clinches a finals berth later Saturday.

The taller South Korean flashed his dominance over the Filipino from the get-go, going 10-0 in the opening round.

The 2018 UAAP rookie-MVP, though, managed to score a point before heading into the second round.

Jang could’ve sealed the win in two rounds, but the event No. 1 seed picked up a gamjeong in the last 10 seconds, which pushed the fight into a deciding round.

But Barbosa failed to capitalize on Jang’s blip as the taekwondo Grand Prix multi-titlist made a kick to the trunk to seal the win by point gap.


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The 22-year-old from Bangued, Abra clinched a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth in stunning fashion as he beat the Asian qualifiers’ No. 2 seed, rallying from a 15-point deficit.

Barbosa is riding on the momentum of his 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medal win before the COVID-19 pandemic put the world of sports into a standstill. –

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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.