Filipino jins fall short a day after Kristopher Uy, Kirstie Alora bag medals in Asian taekwondo meet
Local jins fail to make medal spots after Kristopher Uy (center), with coaches Ko Jun Ho (left) and Roberto Cruz, delivered a silver. Reuben Terrado

FILIPINO jins struggled on Tuesday, a day after claiming a silver and a bronze medal in the 22nd Asian Taekwondo Championship at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.

The local jins failed to bag medals, with Levita Ronna Ilao, Arven Alcantara, and Jenar Torillos losing their quarterfinal matches.

Kristopher Uy lost a slim lead late and settled for silver, bowing to world No. 1 Dmitriy Shokin of Uzbekistan on Monday.

The 26-year-old Uy suffered a 4-7 defeat in the finals after taking a 4-3 lead in the men’s +87kg division.

Shokin, also a 2014 Asian Games champion, took the lead late in the bout on a turning side kick worth three points.

“Parang nag-Hail Mary kick ’yung Uzbek, tumama, and I was down with six seconds left. I tried na humabol pero nakakuha pa siya ng isang point,” said the 6-foot-3 Uy, who nevertheless accomplished one of his best finishes in his stint as a national team member.

Rio-bound Kirstie Elaine Alora bagged a bronze medal, bowing to Seavmey Sorn of Cambodia, 1-0, in the semifinal round of the women’s -73kg class.

It was a rematch between the two after their gold medal showdown in the qualifying Olympic tournament and Sorn once again claimed the top spot.

Ilao, winner of the bronze medal in the 2014 Asian Games, bowed to Razan Alsaaideh of Jordan, 12-8, in the women’s -49kg, while Alcantara lost to Zhao Shuai of China, 5-3, in the men’s -63kg class. Torillos lost to Galymzhan Serikbay of Kazakhstan, 10-8, in the men’s -54kg.

Alcantara, a 20-year-old varsity player from National University, admitted he was intimidated by his much-taller Chinese opponent.

“Ang mali ko lang po, hindi ko binuhos agad nung first round kasi naiilang ako sa kanya,” said Alcantara, from San Miguel, Surigao del Sur.

Francis Agojo fell to Tumenbayar Molom of Mongolia, 10-6, in the men’s -58kg.

Pauline Lopez (women’s -57-kg), Kit Sembrano (men’s -68-kg.), Edtone Lumasac (men’s -74-kg.), and Shanelle Romuar (women’s -62-kg) are scheduled to fight on Wednesday.

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