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Cebuana extends international streak

THREE FOR THREE. Cebuana Adaine Laxa, who is hoping to compete in the Southeast Asian Games, wins another medal in her third straight international tournament. (Contributed Photo)

AIDAINE Laxa continues to prove that she’s one of the country’s best young jins after another medal finish in an international stage. Laxa won a bronze medal in the 2019 Chungju World Martial Arts Masterships last Sept. 1 in Chungju, South Korea.

Laxa, along with Janna Oliva and Juvenile Crisostomo, won the bronze in the Freestyle Women’s Team Poomsae event.

“So far so good! I’m really happy and thankful to the Lord for everything that’s happened,” Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) Region 7 chairman Tony Del Prado told SunStar Cebu. “The decision to transfer to UST (University of Sto. Tomas) was a major one for her family. And I’m glad it’s been paying off.”

Laxa is on a roll, winning medals in three straight international competions.

“This trip is part of the ladies’ preparation for the SEA Games. The more international exposure, the more seasoned they become. In fact, this is Aidaine’s third international competition in the last three months. She garnered medals in all three,” said Del Prado.

Laxa won a gold medal with fellow Cebuana Rinna Babanto and Jocel Lyn Ninobla in the Women’s Authorized Poomsae event of the Chuncheon Korea Open International Taekwondo Championships 2019 last July in South Korea. She bagged a bronze medal, still teamed up with Babanto and Ninobla, in the Women’s Team Authorized Under-30 Poomsae event of the Asian Taekwondo Championships in Vietnam last August.

“She will be sent to Korea later this month for further training. We’re praying that she remains in the best of health,” said del Prado.

Laxa is vying for a spot in the Philippine National Taekwondo team in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games here in the country on Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

“We have to wait for the announcement of the PTA. We don’t want to preempt anything,” said Del Prado. “We should know a month before the SEA Games, though everything that has happened so far is all positive.” (EKA)


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