MANILA, Philippines — Jocel Lyn Ninobla and her fellow Filipino jins finished first in all of their divisions on Day One of the 31st Southeast Asian Games’ taekwondo sports.
In the meanwhile, the Philippine fencing team took bronze in both the men’s sabre team and the women’s epee team competitions.
The Tay Ho Gymnasium’s taekwondo competitions began with five categories, three of which featured Pinoy jins.
In the mixed freestyle poomsae, Juvenile Crisostomo, Jeordan Domnguez, Justin Macario, Darius Venerable, and Janna Oliva won silver, while Raphael Enrico Mella, Patrick King Perez, and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. won silver in the men’s team recognized poomsae.
Jocel Lyn Ninobla defended her 2019 SEA Games gold medal by winning the women’s individual recognized poomsae with a score of 7.765.
There are now one gold and two silver jins in the Philippines.
The battle moved to the team categories on Day Three of the fencing competitions at the Hanoi Indoor Games Palace, with the women’s epee and men’s sabre at the helm.
Anna Gabriella Guinto, Wilhelmina Lozada, Justine Gail Tinio, and Ivy Claire Dinoy competed in the event, hoping to defend the country’s 2019 gold. They got off to a terrific start, defeating Cambodia 45-26 to advance to the semi-finals, ensuring a podium finish. They were awarded the bronze medal after losing 32-45 to eventual champion Singapore.
Christian Concepcion, Sandro Antonio Sia, Daniel Villanueva, and John Dayro, who competed in the men’s sabre team event, advanced to the semifinals but lost 45-29 to Thailand, earning the Philippines its fifth medal.