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Morrison on Vietnamese opponent: He had no fire in his eyes

/ 09:21 PM June 15, 2015
Gold medalist Samuel Thomas Morrison of the Philippines during the awarding ceremony of the 28th SEA Games mens under 68kg final held at the Singapore Expo Hall 2 after defeating Trung Duc Phan of Vietnam. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

Gold medalist Samuel Thomas Morrison of the Philippines during the awarding ceremony of the 28th SEA Games mens under 68kg final held at the Singapore Expo Hall 2 after defeating Trung Duc Phan of Vietnam.
INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

SINGAPORE — “I saw that he lost fire in his eyes.”

Twenty-five-year-old Samuel Morrison took that as a cue to go for the kill — or gold for that matter — against his Vietnamese opponent late Sunday in the action-packed taekwondo competitions.

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“I was very pumped up when I came to the finals but I saw his face and there was no fire in it,” said Morrison, a son of a retired American marine serviceman now based in Maryland. “My goal then is that by the second round, it should be over.”

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True enough, the 2014 World University Championship gold medalist piled up a big points in the first two rounds to finish off Vietnam’s Phan Trung Duc (19-12) for the men’s 68kg gold.

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“I offer this win to God, my teammates and coaches,” said Morrison, a tall, rangy volume kicker who is also captain of the men’s team.

“All the hard work paid off. I’m very thankful,” added the Olongapo-born Morrison who came from the World Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia prior to the the SEA Games here.

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His victory sparked a late charge for the PH jins who were embattled the first two days in combat disciplines, as it was followed by another golden turn by Pauline Lopez. CFC

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