SEA Games: Three silver finishes for the Philippine Taekwondo team

PH's Dave Cea is competing in the quarterfinals of the 2019 SEA Games Taekwondo Tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.  Tristan Tamayo /

DFILE- Dave CA (blue) of the Philippines. Tristan Tamayo /

MANILA, Philippines – Kirsty Alora, Dave CA and Baby Jessica Cannabal won three silver medals for the Philippine Taekwondo team at the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday at the Te Ho Gymnasium in Vietnam.

The CEA, who reigned in the 74-kg men’s kyurugi, lost 13-34 to Cambodia’s Mithona Va in the final to become runners-up.

In the semi-finals, Nawfal Khairuddin of Indonesia defeated Osanando 24-11 to take part in the gold medal match for the second time in a row in the biennial meeting.

Canabal, the bronze medalist at the 2019 SEA Games, lost to Vietnam’s Thi Anh Tweat Tran in the championship, but surpassed her previous finish by winning a silver medal in the 53kg women’s kyurugi.

Cannabal defeated Myanmar’s Nan Thu Nari Kaung 16-2 in the quarterfinals and Megabati Tamasti Maheshwari 15-10 in the semifinals.

Kirsty Alora Taekwondo

Kirsty Elaine Alora from the Philippines াস Inquiry file photo

In the final, Alora held her silver medal at 63 kg, beating her hometown Baji Thi Huang Nguyen 8-10.

Earlier, Thedasavan dominated Sothasit with a 17-3 victory in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, Reza Aragon, the women’s 57kg Kyorugi runner-up, lost 1-22 to Indonesia’s Mariska Halinda to advance to the quarterfinals.

The trio increased their national team medal tally to five silver last Sunday, with the men’s team finishing runners-up in Poomsae and Mixed Freestyle. Kurt Barbosa and Jocelyn Lin Ninobla won two gold medals in the event, and Laila Dello won the only bronze in the country.

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