JADE Zafra annexed the Philippines’ 21st gold medal in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in women’s taekwondo at the Zayar Thiri Stadim in Nay Pyi Taw.
The 23-year-old Zafra dislodged reigning titlist Thailand's Worawong Pongpanit, 7-1, in the finals of the women’s -57 kg division to clinch the country’s first gold medal on Thursday.
The UST journalism graduate and former sportswriter earlier beat Bunna Cheang of Cambodia, 15-1, and defeated Vietnam’s Thi Thanh Lam via head kick in sudden death after they tied at 9-9 at end of three rounds.
UAAP Most Valuable Player Christian Dela Cruz bagged the silver medal in the men’s -80 kg, bowing to Myanmar’s Linn Win Htun, 6-9, in finals.
Cruz defeated Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Son, 11-8, in quarterfinals and got past Laos’ Sawatvilay Phimmasone, 8-0, in the last four.
Gherson Bautista settled for the bronze in the men’s -68 kg, defeating Indonesia’s Yunaidalfred Blegur, 18-10, but losing to eventual gold winner Phouthasone Thammayong of Laos, 7-4, in the semis.