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UAAP TAE KWON DO
UST, La Salle defend crowns

by JP Abcede

 

 

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Lightning indeed strikes twice for De La Salle University and University of Santo Tomas as both schools defended the UAAP Men’s and Women’s Tae Kwon Do titles. The two teams emerged on top after two grueling days at the UP College of Human Kinetics Gym last February 9 and 13.

DLSU’s conquest seemed like a replay of last year as they came from behind and snatched the gold on the second day of the event. After notching a 2-1 record from the first day, they won their last two assignments and surged past UST for the top spot.

Green Jins Erick Andrew Olonan and Jeffrey Ablaza were suffering from injuries going into the second day of the event, but it did not dishearten the rest of the team as they still won against the team that were champions two seasons ago despite the handicap.

The UST distaff on the other hand, dominated the rest of the field en route to their second consecutive overall victory. Proof of that is they grabbed four gold medals namely, Nancy Remollena (finweight), Daleen Cordero (bantamweight), Kalindi Tamayo (welterweight), and Josephine Strachan (middle/heavyweight). Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines round up the top three finishers.

DLSU men’s taek team captain Michael Alejandrino emerged as the Most Valuable Player while teammate Jim Gonzales was awarded as the Rookie of the Year in the men’s division. Tamayo and Remollena bagged the MVP and ROY awards in the women’s side.

Meanwhile, Ateneo de Manila University was victorious at the juniors division. UST and De La Salle Zobel finished second and third, respectively.  

MEDALLISTS

MEN'S   WOMEN'S

Finweight
Jim Gonzales (DLSU)
Terence Boleja (UST)
Rayboy Ibañez (UE)


Gold
Silver
Bronze

Finweight
Nancy Remollena (UST)
Abigail Villajoaquin (UP)
Laila Veles (ADMU)

Flyweight
Joseph Hernandez (FEU)
Andrei Ablaza (DLSU)
Gerald Gregorio (UST)


Gold
Silver
Bronze

Flyweight
Beverly Malaay (FEU)
Mia Pacañot (UP)
Kathyleen Perez (UE)

Bantamweight
Arnold Valenzuela (UST)
Clifford Malaay (FEU)
Antonio Cleofe Jr (UE)


Gold
Silver
Bronze

Bantamweight
Daleen Cordero (UST)
Louie Minguillan (FEU)
Cecilia Manalad (DLSU)

Featherweight
Jean Pierre Sabido (UP)
Rodolfo Valenzuela (UST)
Leandro Aguirre (ADMU)


Gold
Silver
Bronze

Featherweight
Leslie Ann Ramores (UE)
Heraldine Quesada (FEU)
Diorlyn Papelera (UST)

Lightweight
Jorge Diaz (UP)
Alexander Briones (UST)
Jun Prieto (DLSU)


Gold
Silver
Bronze

Lightweight
Arrilleen Interior (ADMU)
Juvy Rioveros (FEU)
Claire Montemayor (UP)

Welterweight
Igor Ducay (FEU)
Joseph Serrano (UST)
Rainier Lumilan (UE)


Gold
Silver
Bronze

Welterweight
Kalindi Tamayo (UST)
Imee Esternon (FEU)
Carmela Cruz (UP)

Middle/Heavyweight
Michael Alejandrino (DLSU)
Francis Pol Medina (UST)
Christian Algarne (UE)


Gold
Silver
Bronze

Middle/Heavyweight
Josephine Strachan (UST)
Mary Ann Briones (FEU)
Patricia Reyes (DLSU)

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