PH para dance sport team bags 19 medals in Poland meet

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) – The Philippine para dance sport team secured a slot in the 2021 World Para Dance Sport Championships after a bountiful medal harvest in the 2021 Polish Open World Qualifying Round.

The Filipinos took home 19 medals in total with seven golds, four silvers, and eight bronzes.

The Philippines had two podium sweeps in Poland in the combi Latin class 2 and freestyle combi class 2 categories, with the pair of Julius Jun Obero and Rhea Marquez and the tandem of Anne Charlaine Santos and Jed Villaruel winning the gold and bronze medals respectively.

The pair of Edelyn de Asis and Shaquille Hanz Basan won the silver in the combi Latin class 2, while the partnership of Jhona Peña and Filemon Baguio II took the bridesmaid honors in the freestyle combi class 2.

The Filipino dancers also tallied three double-podium finishes with De Asis bagging the gold in the solo women class 2, solo women class 2 freestyle, and duo freestyle class 2 with Obrero.

Santos notched the bronze medal in the three events ruled by De Asis, as she paired with Christian Apolinario in the duo freestyle class 2 event.

De Asis became the winningest Filipino dancer in Poland after clinching her fourth gold medal in the junior class 1 and 2 category.

The pair of Jhona Peña and Joey Maglasang completed the Filipinos' golden finish after ruling the duo standard class 2 event.

The two other Filipino silver medalists in the Poland meet are Obrero (solo men class 2) and the duo of Apolinario and Jhistine Gylde Baguio (combi Latin class 1).

The other bronze medalists are Santos and Apolinario (duo Latin class 2), Apolinario (solo men class 1), and Maglasang (solo men class 2 freestyle).

The Philippine para dance sport team is coached by Genice Bong Marquez with the help of assistant coaches Tristan Ducay and Roque Marquez.

The 2021 World Para Dance Sport Championships will take place this November in Ulsan, South Korea.