Ex-SEA Games star jin cops bronze in US tilt

Manila Times - - SPORTS - EMIL C. NOGUERA

FOR­MER South­east Asian (SEA) Games cham­pion Veron­ica Domingo-Ryu set­tled for bronze in the pres­ti­gious 2017 US Open Tae kwon do Cham­pi­onships held re­cently at the West­gate Las Ve­gas Re­sort and Casino in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada.

Domingo-Ryu failed to de­fend her crown in the Ul­tra Spar­ring (3345) Fe­male A +67 kgs. af­ter los­ing to Amer­i­can Sanaz Shah­bazi in the semi­fi­nals via 1-4 de­ci­sion.

The Filip­ina black bel­ter made it to the Fi­nal Four by oust­ing Amer­i­can Anne Gra­ham in the quar­ter­fi­nals (2-1).

Promis­ing jins Rus­sell Jon Sem­brano (Juniors Male A -51 kgs.) and Chris­tine Bonoan (Juniors Fe­male A -42 kgs.) won a sil­ver each while Christo­pher Guz­man added one bronze (Juniors Male A -51 kgs.) in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories.

Domingo-Ryu dom­i­nated her cat­e­gory three times – in the 2013 edi­tion in Las Ve­gas, in 2015 in Or­lando, Florida, and in 2016 in Reno, Ne­vada – when she’s still rep­re­sent­ing the United States un­der a Florida-based tae kwon do team.

This year, Domingo-Ryu opted to don the na­tional col­ors anew in all in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments as she aims to qual­ify to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Ja­pan.

“Af­ter a decade, it feels great and I am proud to rep­re­sent and serve my coun­try again,” said Domingo-Ryu, who won a bronze medal in the women’s 63 kgs. event of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar – the last time she rep­re­sented the Philip­pines in an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

She also bagged a gold in the 2003 South­east Asian Games in Hanoi, Viet­nam and sil­ver in the 2005 Manila SEA Games.

Domingo-Ryu is now pre­par­ing for big tour­na­ments lined up this year in­clud­ing the 2017 World Tae kwon do Cham­pi­onships Ul­tra Spar­ring.

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