INCHEON, Korea — Two Filipino jins added a pair of bronze medals to the country's medal tally at the start of the Asian Games taekwondo competitions at the Ganghwa Dolmens Gymnasium.
Samuel Morrison was on a roll before falling to Masoud Hajizavareh of Iran, 5-1, in a referee-stopped-contest during the semifinal round of the men’s 74kg, resulting in the country's second bronze medal in taekwondo.
Despite settling for bronze, Morrison’s performance this year surpassed his quarterfinal finish in the Asiad four years ago in Guangzhou.
Earlier, Levita Ronna Ilao also claimed a bronze medal in the women’s 49kg category after reaching the semifinals.
Morrison beat Wong Soi Chun of Macau, 17-0, before winning a close match against Yerzhan Abylkas of Kazakhstan, 10-9. He once again was the superior jin in the 19-6 win over Akbar Aitakhunov of Kyrgyzstan.
Pinoy compatriot Kristopher Uy only made it up to the quarterfinals of the men’s 87kg class where he lost to Chen Linglong of China, 5-3. Uy won against Hao Chao of Macau, 9-2, in the first round.