Philippine men's poomsae team wins third straight SEA Games gold

Philippines strikes gold in men's team poomsae and the bronze in the women's team poomsae

Published: 5:29 PM August 26, 2017

Updated: 5:34 PM August 26, 2017

GOLDEN PUNCH. The Philippine poomsae team of Rodolfo Reyes Jr, Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Enrico Mella earn gold in the finals of men's poomsae team at the 2017 SEA Games. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

MANILA, Philippines – The first gold medal of the Philippine taekwondo team is now in the bag as the trio of Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr defended their championship at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on Saturday, August 26 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

The trio scored an average of 3.40 in accuracy, 4.97 in presentation and a combined final score of 8.37 in the men's team poomsae event.

The Mella brothers have now won 3 straight gold medals in the men's poomsae team event dating back to 2013, while Reyes was also on the team that won gold in 2015.

On the other hand, the women's poomsae team composed of Rinna Babanto, Juvenile Faye Crisostono and Jocel Lyn Ninobla were able to land a bronze medal finish with a final score of 8.27 in women's team poomsae event. They also bagged the bronze in the same event of the 2015 edition of the SEA Games. 

Earlier in the day, Reyes kickstarted Philippine Taekwondo's medal haul with a bronze medal in the men's individual poomsae event. –