Karatekas from Xavier bag 7 golds

Manila Bulletin - - Sports - Adam Bon­doc, back, and Paulo Manuel Gorospe.

TEAM AAK-Philip­pines, led by Philip­pine Sportswrit­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA) ju­nior awardee Adam Or­tiz Bon­doc and Paulo Manuel Gorospe, claimed 23 medals, in­clud­ing seven golds, to fin­ish 5th over­all in the 7th Karate-do Go­jukai As­so­ci­a­tion Global Cham­pi­onship at the Rich­mond Olympic Oval in Bri­tish Columbia, Canada re­cently.

Over 500 young karatekas from 24 coun­tries com­peted in the four-day event with the Philip­pines, com­posed of only 14 ath­letes, emerg­ing as the most pro­duc­tive con­tin­gent in the In­ter­na­tional Karate Fed­er­a­tion-sanc­tioned meet.

“To all the AAK play­ers, job well done! Your AAK fam­ily is proud of you for all the hard­ships and sac­ri­fice that you have given this past few months,” said AAK coach and for­mer in­ter­na­tional cham­pion Richard Lim.

Bon­doc, a Grade 11 In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate stu­dent and 2017 Ju­nior Ath­lete of the Year of the PSA won gold in the male in­di­vid­ual ju­nior’s 16-17 years old KUMITE (spar­ring) event. He de­feated his op­po­nents from Chi­nese Taipei, South Africa, Canada and Eng­land in the pre­lim­i­nar­ies be­fore dom­i­nat­ing Sha­hab Alwi Faris of In­doneisa, 8-0, in the cham­pi­onship match.

Paulo, 8, a Grade 3 stu­dent of Xavier School-Green­hills, beat Ben­jamin La of Canada, 3-2, to claim the gold in the boys 7-8 yrs. old in­di­vid­ual Kata be­fore pulling off an­other bril­liant vic­tory against a Hun­gar­ian op­po­nent in the in­di­vid­ual kumite.

Ni­c­hole Erica Dantes, a 17-year old stu­dent from Cole­gio San Agustin, claimed the gold in the Bunkai event (par­tic­i­pated by 2 play­ers and per­formed the ac­tual com­bat ap­pli­ca­tion of the Kata), be­fore win­ning a sil­ver in the Open team event and bronze in the in­di­vid­ual kumite.

Also show­ing ex­cel­lence was 13year old Matthea Lazo of Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Academy, win­ning gold in the In­di­vid­ual Girls Kumite 12-13 years old +50kgs and sil­ver in the In­di­vid­ual Girls Kata 12-13 years old.

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