HANGZHOU, China—Ought to luck and the judges’ admiration come to their assist, poomsae aces Jocel Lyn Ninobla and King Patrick Perez would possibly properly be the primary Filipinos on the medal stand of the nineteenth Asian Video games.
Each of them Southeast Asian Video games champions early this 12 months, Perez is No. 4 within the rankings of the boys’s particular person poomsae whereas Ninobla, a former world champion, might simply get previous the preliminary spherical when competitions start Sunday.
There’s a tall hurdle coming their method although after taekwondo organizers merged the 2 poomsae disciplines—acknowledged and freestyle—into one occasion.
“We might be competing in each acknowledged and freestyle. It’s an enormous problem since I’ve been extra into acknowledged since I began poomsae,” mentioned Ninobla, a three-time SEA Video games gold medalist in ladies’s acknowledged occasion.
“We educated and went to a number of competitions abroad, so it’s going to be a plus for us within the Asian Video games. We’ll simply give our greatest,” added the 2013 world champion Ninobla, who additionally bagged a silver and bronze on the worldwide stage.
Ninobla and Perez kind a part of the 12-man taekwondo staff right here, all of them aiming for at the very least a repeat act of 2006 in Doha, Qatar when the jins produced two silver and three bronze medals.
Two-time Asian Video games bronze medalist Kirstie Elaine Alora and Tokyo Olympian Kurt Bryan Barbosa are the perfect hopes within the kyorugi (sparring) staff together with the veteran Samuel Morrison.
“They’re prepared. It’s arduous (to repeat 2006) however we are going to strive our greatest. That’s our problem,” mentioned Philippine Taekwondo Affiliation secretary normal Rocky Samson.
Philippine taekwondo introduced house three bronze medals—two from the boys’s and ladies’s staff poomsae—and one other from Pauline Lopez within the ladies’s -57kg within the 2018 Asian Video games in Jakarta.
Additionally vying for medals on the Lin’an Sports activities Tradition and Exhibition Centre are David Cea, Arven Alcantara, Veronica Garces, Child Jessica Canabal, Laila Delo and Jubilee Briones.