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    Filipino jin Samuel Morrison downs Indonesian rival to claim taekwondo lightweight gold

    Aug 27, 2017
    Samuel Morrison wins gold in KL after clinching the title in the Singapore. Jerome Ascano 

    KUALA LUMPUR — Samuel Morrison handed the Philippines its second gold in taekwondo after beating Indonesia's Dinggo Ardian Prayogo, 28-18, in the men's lightweight division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games on Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

    Morrison, who won his second SEA Games gold, dedicated the win to her late grandmother Rosario, who passed away during last year's Olympic qualifying tournament in Manila.

    "Para sa lola ko po 'to," said a weeping Morrison. "Pinangako ko bago ako lumipad, pumunta ako sa puntod niya, nag-promise ako na kukunin ko 'yung gold."

    "Nung natalo po ako sa qualifying, doon din siya namatay," said the Olongapo-born jin.

    Arven Alcantara settled for the silver medal in the men's featherweight category after a loss to Rozaimi Bin Rozali of Malaysia via referee punitive declaration in what many saw was a controversial decision.

    Pauline Lopez also settled for a bronze in the women's lightweight category.

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    "Nag-init din ako sa talo ni Arven. Kay Pauline pa lang, sabi ko ibabawi ko kayo," said Morrison.

    As of posting time, Philippine taekwondo officials are still deciding on whether to put the result of Alcantara's bout under protest. The Filipino officials says Alcantara should not have been disqualified for committing the maximum of 10 penalties as he still had nine when the bout was stopped with 13 seconds left and the score tied.

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    They said officials from other countries also felt Alcantara should not have been disqualified.

    "'Yung mga tao naman, nakita ko anong nangyari," said Alcantara, who ran around waving the Philippine flag when the match ended.

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    Samuel Morrison wins gold in KL after clinching the title in the Singapore. Jerome Ascano 
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