Samuel Morrison once again showcased his prowess by securing his second gold medal in the men’s middleweight division at the Southeast Asian Games.
In a thrilling match against Indonesia’s Nicholas Armanto on Saturday at the Chroy Changvar Convention Center, Morrison displayed his skill and determination to emerge victorious.
Despite facing tough competition with only four participants in the division, the former University of Santo Tomas standout proved why he is considered one of the best in the continent.
With his latest triumph, Morrison notched his fourth Games gold overall, adding to his previous successes in the minus-68 kg and minus-74 kg categories at the 2015 Singapore and 2017 Kuala Lumpur Games, respectively.
In the semifinals, Morrison exhibited his expertise by defeating Malaysian fighter Muhammad Luqman Suhaimi in a thrilling three-round battle.
His victory in this crucial match marked the Philippines’ 35th gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games, further emphasizing Morrison’s significant contribution to the country’s medal tally in the event.
With Morrison’s triumph, the Philippines now boasts a total of five gold medals in taekwondo.
Earlier in the evening, Kurt Barbosa and Arven Alcantara also claimed victory in their respective weight classes, further adding to the country’s success in this highly competitive sport.