After securing the country’s first medal, taekwondo experienced significant setbacks for the third consecutive day at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou.
Arven Alcantara advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating a highly-regarded Thai opponent in the Round-of-16 of the men’s -68-kilogram division. However, he suffered a 2-0 defeat against Mohammed Mustafa of Jordan.
Both Laila Delo and Dave Cea also faced defeats, with the latter losing to Iran’s Mehran Barkhordari in the men’s -80kg division quarterfinals. Delo, on the other hand, was defeated by Vietnam’s Thi Khiem in the women’s -67kg class.
Korean Open gold medalist Kirstie Elaine Alora (competing in the women’s +67kg class) and four-time SEAG champion Samuel Morrison are now tasked with securing the country’s first gold medal in the continental showpiece.
King Patrick Perez secured the men’s individual bronze on Sunday.