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Taekwondo jin Barbosa draws inspiration from Hidilyn’s Tokyo gold medal feat

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 04:03 PM July 27, 2021
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South Korea’s Jang Jun (Blue) and Philippines’ Kurt Bryan Barbosa (Red) compete in the taekwondo men’s -58kg elimination round bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo on July 24, 2021. (Photo by Javier SORIANO / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — Inspired by Hidilyn Diaz’s golden performance, Tokyo Olympian Kurt Barbosa believes his time will also come.

Diaz is also keeping faith.

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“Balang araw ako din,” Barbosa wrote on Twitter shortly after Diaz, the weightlifting queen, claimed the Philippines’ first ever Olympic gold medal Monday night.

(I will also win someday.)

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The 30-year-old Diaz gave Barbosa, the country’s lone taekwondo bet in Tokyo, a simple “Yes” as a seal of approval.

Barbosa, 22, responded with a congratulatory post and described Diaz as his “inspiration” and “idol.”

Barbosa bowed out of contention early after he lost to world No. 1 Jang Jun of Korea, 26-6, in the men’s -58kg opener.

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