Latest Stories

Cebu teenager seizes world taekwondo gold

Displaying grace and balance, 15-year-old Mikeala Calamba flashed perfect form to win the gold medal in the recent 7th World taekwondo poomsae championships held in Tunja City, Colombia.

Calamba, who hails from Cebu City, snared the top prize in the female individual freestyle category, besting her rivals from Vietnam, Indonesia and the United States to clinch only the second gold medal for the country in the sport in the Worlds.

The high school junior at University of San Carlos drew the loudest cheers from among the crowd but also impressed the judges doing her routine with flair.

Chau Tuyet Van of Vietnam settled for the silver, while Defia Rosmaniar of Indonesia and Ann Bernadette Rodriguez of the United States shared third place.

The country made a breakthrough two years ago when the trio of Rani Ann Ortega, Ma. Carla Janice Lagman and Camille Alarilla captured the team poomsae gold during the 2010 Worlds held in Uzbekistan.

Philippine Taekwondo Association chief executive officer Sung Chon Hong expressed delight over Calamba’s feat which fortified the country’s reputation in the sport’s form aspect.

The Philippines also went home with one silver and three bronzes.

“We’re very proud of Mikeala and our other athletes,” said Hong. “They all did well against the best from 57 countries.”

Ortega, Lagman, Ernesto Guzman Jr., Galilee Tinaya and Vidal Marvin Gabriel joined hands in taking the silver medal in the freestyle combined team event.

Calamba then annexed the freestyle women’s team bronze with Ortega and Lagman, while Tinaya and Beatrice Ann Ventura nailed a bronze in freestyle pair. Guzman, Gabriel and Tinaya bagged the other bronze in men’s team.

The Philippine team’s trip was also supported by Smart, MVP Sports Foundation, Meralco, TV5 and Philippine Sports Commission. Marc Anthony Reyes

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Taekwondo , th World taekwondo poomsae championships

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo


Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Palace: Lacson’s version of Napoles testimony to be evaluated
  • Scientists eye iceberg bigger than Guam
  • Drilon: I’m not on Napoles’ list
  • Sonar finds 1888 San Francisco shipwreck
  • Santiago: Enrile, Lacson, Reyes plotting massive psywar operation
  • Sports

  • Promoters Dela Hoya, Arum in talks for Pacquiao-Alvarez—report
  • Benzema guides Madrid to 1-0 win over Bayern
  • Suns’ Goran Dragic win NBA’s Most Improved Player award
  • Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97
  • Ronaldo shakes off injury fears to play Bayern
  • Lifestyle

  • This woman ate what?
  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • 12th Philippine Food Expo set at the World Trade Center
  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Entertainment

  • Smithsonian wants photos, videos for ‘Day in the Life of Asian Pacific Americans’
  • What Garcia Marquez left behind
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Business

  • How ‘one percent’ economic elite was uncovered
  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • Technology

  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • Embassy advisory: Filipinos still need visas to enter US
  • No travel restriction to Mideast, DFA clarifies
  • PH-HK relations repaired, but families of victims still being courted
  • Filipinos in Middle East urged to get clearance before returning
  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • Marketplace