THE Association for the Advancement of Karate (AAK) Davao captured six golds on top of two silvers and two bronze medals in the recently-concluded 2017 Milo Olympics Karatedo competition held at the Lim Ket Kai Mall in Cagayan de Oro City.
AAK Davao relied on the golden finishes of Seth Michael Navarro (Grade 3 and 4 boys kumite), Kyzzhia Pauline Navarro (Grade 5 and 6 girls kumite), Aldren Solon (Grade 5 and 6 boys kumite), Ian Carlos Pascual (Secondary below 63kgs boys kumite), Craig James Infiesto (Secondary above 63kgs boys kumite), and Janna Alexandrea Ramirez (Secondary below 54kgs girls kumite).
Atsuko Kaiyel Tan, daughter of AAK-Davao chief instructor Rommel, fell short of gold but salvaged the silver in the Grade 1 and 2 girl’s kumite along with John Paul Ponce in the boys below 63kgs Kumite.
Joseph Angelo Ramirez and John Philip Cagandahan seized the bronze medal in the Grade 5 and 6 boy’s kumite and Secondary below 57kgs boy’s kumite, respectively.
The older Tan, in a phone interview with SunStar Davao, gave credits to his athletes, adding that they would have collected more medals if the kata event was included in the event that lured 54 teams from all over the country.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on September 24, 2017.
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