Davao jins wrest first gold, 3 bronzes in CPJ tourney
by Romy Sabaldan
Davao City (7 February) -- The Davao City team has successfully hurdled its first gold medal win since it had started its campaign in a decade or so to the prestigious national Carlos Palanca Jr. (CPJ) taekwondo tournament held Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino stadium in Metro Manila.
The hard-earned victory came from 8-year old Jonah Covarubias of the Davao Taekwondo Center eclipsing the highest medal take of silver by 16-year old Marvin Te two years ago in the same tournament which bears the prominent name of the country's patron of taekwondo sport.
Covarubias, on his first national tournament, was the least expected to deliver the first ever golden performance of the Davao team which was composed of experienced national players in the grade school division.
Harold Nuval settled for the bronze medal before bowing out of the same grade school division which he had ruled in Davao City since graduating as a novice fighter four years ago. Now a 12-year old taekwondo jin, Nuval is barred from playing in the same category next year.
16-year old Wendel Barte also had a hard time advancing to the semis of the Juniors Division filled dominated by the highly trained players of San Beda and La Salle of the NCR contingents.
Mark Asistido delivered the third bronze medal for Davao City as playing coach in the seniors division.
Davao City's coaching staff is composed of Giovanni delos Santos and Asistido with Jun Te as head coach.
Branded as one of the toughest taekwondo tournaments nationwide, the CPJ boasts of taekwondo jins who will compose the future members of the national training pool and aspirants to international games. (PIA XI) [top]