By BSU UPAO - Posted on 27 November 2017

 

SWEET VICTORY. Islay Erika Bomogao proudly shows her medal after her competition in Korea.//photo by Islay Erika Bomogao

Chungcheongbuk-do Province, South Korea - Muay Thai fighter Islay Erika Bomogao overwhelmed Nepali opponent via referee stop contest to clinch the gold medal in 45kg under the 16-18 years old division in the Jincheon 1st World Martial Arts Masterships on November 3-7 in Chungcheongbuk-do Province, South Korea.

Bomogao, a Grade 11 student of Benguet State University-Secondary Laboratory School (BSU-SLS) won her first match against a Korean fighter.

Throughout the match, she fired off a dazzling array of fast punches to lead her opponent in points, 30-27, that secured her spot in the finals against Nepal, who entered the championship match with a victory over India.

During the final match witnessed by some of the Filipino crowd who went there to support, she started off aggressively, striking with her powerful punches that lessened the Nepali’s chance of winning the first round.

In the second round,she immediately outmuscled her opponent throwing a deluge of punches that deterred her opponent to fight back, causing the referee to stop the match.

Bomogao contributed a gold medal to the six gold and two bronze medals to add to the total medal haul of the Philippine National Team.

When asked about her win, “It’s so unbelievable! The feeling is indescribable because only few fighters are the given the chance to become world champions.”

During the interview, she proudly added,“There is a great chance that I will showcase again my talent in Mexico, Cambodia, and Paris”.

Bomogao becomes the latest addition to the world champions of BSU-SLS for this year as three SLS taekwondo players also won medals in the 2017 Kaohsiung International Taekwondo Championships in the Haicing Vocational School, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan earlier in August.

Mariea Elyja Komicho, a grade seven SLS student, amassed two gold medals in Team Free Style Poomsae and Cadet 2 Female (42-46 kgs) and bronze medals in Individual Poomsae Cadet 2 1stPoom Group C, Individual Poomsae Cadet 2 2ndPoom Group C, Pair Poomsae 2 Black Belt Group A, Pair Poomsae 2 Black Belt Group B, Pair Poomsae Junior Black Belt and Team Poomsae Cadet 2 Black Belt.

In addition, John Kim Pasion, a grade nine student, bagged the gold medal inTeam Free Style Poomsae and bronze medals in Junior Male 2ndPoom/Dan Poomsae and Cadet 2BlackBlack Belt Team Poomsae while fellow grade nine student, Jan Gregory Asiong grabbed the silver medal in Junior Male (51-55 kgs) and bronze medals in Junior Male 1stPoom/Dan Poomsae, Junior Pair Poomsae Black Belt and Cadet 2 Team Poomsae Black Belt.//Mt. Breeze