Reyes and Chang Medal at Poomsae Worlds
The U.S. National Poomsae Team turned in its best medal performance ever by winning two silver medals on Wednesday's final day of the 4th WTF World Poomsae Championships in Cairo, Egypt.
Akiko Reyes (Chatsworth, Calif.) won the silver medal in the 2nd Senior Female division. After advancing to the final round with the fifth-best score in her division, Reyes performed Keumgang and Taebek poomsae in the final round. Her performance scored a 8.03 out of a possible 10, just .06 of a point lower than Korea's score of 8.09. The silver medal is the first-ever medal for USA in the 2nd senior female division. Reyes also adds to her 2007 world bronze medal, which she won as part of the female 2nd team along with Noreen Thackrey and Barbara Brand.
Also winning silver on Wednesday was 1st Master Female Dure Chang (Anchorage, Alaska). Chang performed Jitae and Chonkwon poomsae in the final round after advancing with the second-best score in the semifinal round. She maintained her position in the final round with a solid performance, bested only by gold medal-winning Korea. The win gives Chang her third world championship medal, adding to her 2007 silver medal and 2008 silver medal.
First-time team member Chau Van Truong (St. Paul, Minn.) displayed impressive athleticism in the preliminary round and scored an average of 8.20 on Taeguek 7 and Koryo, which was second only to Korea's 8.28. Truong performed well again in the semifinal round but did not place in the top 8 needed to qualify for the final round. His division was the second-largest of the world championships with 39 competitors.
The United States' 1st Male Team of Rocky Cao (San Jose, Calif.), Albert Jong (San Jose, Calif.) and Alvin Jong (San Jose, Calif.) posted impressive scores in the first round, and advanced to the semifnal round. They continued to perform well in the semifinals, but did not score high enough to advance to the final round. Their final ranking was 13th out of 28 teams.
The 1st female team of Madison Motoyasu (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Mariel Calinog (Granada Hills, Calif.) and Maisey Calinog (Granada Hills, Calif.) performed well in the initial semifinal round, but did not score high enough to advance to the final round.
Read more about the event on the WTF website.