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    Karateka Manantan averts PH gold shutout

    Oct 1, 2012

    THE Philippine karatedo team salvaged a lone gold medal in the recent Southeast Asian Karatedo Federation Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.

    John Matthew Manantan won the country's only gold by topping the cadet -57kg kumite event with a dominant 8-0 victory over a Thai fighter, in the championship match.

    Manantan defeated a Cambodian fighter on his way to the gold medal bout.

    The PH team also took home a bronze medal courtesy of John Marc Claveria.

    The triumph came just a few months after the Filipino karatekas also brought home a single gold from the Karate World Cup in Busan, South Korea courtesy of Princess Joanna Mae Ylanan.

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