TWO Cebuana karatekas have secured podium finishes during the recently concluded second leg of the Shureido World League E-Kata competition from Aug. 19 to 28.
Janine Narboada, 13, and Alexis Carmeli Patalinghug, 11, secured the silver and bronze medals in the Under 14 and Under 12 Kata (forms) events, respectively.
Narboada, who hails from Barangay Talamban in Mandaue City, secured sweeping wins against karatekas from Italy, the United States and Germany before losing to Emilia Wysocka of Poland in the final bout.
Patalinghug, a resident of Consolacion town, gained third place after losing to Swedish karateka Ellen Karlsson during the semi-final bout.
Narboada and Patalinghug are members of Mandaue City-based Sports Karatedo Organization (SKO).
Jess Paredes, SKO chief instructor, told SunStar Cebu that even though they were not able to reap gold medals during the competition, they plan to train harder for the last leg of the Shureido World League from Sept. 16 to 25.
But he added that he was still happy with the result considering that international competitions like the Shureido Cup was also helping his students gain more experience.
During the first leg of the competition last July, Narboada secured a silver medal finish.
Narboada was the only Filipino who participated in the first leg of the international competition, which was attended by karatekas from all over the world.
Aside from Narboada, Patalinghug is not a stranger to international karate events.
The 11-year-old student of the Sotero B. Cabahug Forum for Literacy in Consolacion was a gold medalist during the first Shureido World Cup in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia back in 2019. (JKV)