PETALING JAYA: Koryo Taekwondo Club (KTC) continued their dominance in the Nestle Koko Krunch Junior Taekwondo Championships – this time emerging as the eastern region overall champions.
KTC bagged eight golds, seven silvers and nine bronzes at the Dewan MRSM Tun Abdul Razak in Pekan on Saturday. A total of 300 exponents from Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang competed in the one-day championships. KTC were the overall champions in the first two legs.
In the boys’ section, KTC emerged first with a haul of five golds, three silvers and five bronzes. Terengganu-based Bersatu finished second with a 2-0-1 haul while Kota Baru-based Independent were third with a gold and a bronze.
Bersatu gave KTC a run for their money in the girls’ category. In the end, KTC claimed the overall title thanks to a superior silver count.
Koryo finished with a 3-4-4 haul to upstage Bersatu’s 3-2-1 tally. Kuantan Taekwondo Club (0-0-3) were third.
KTC also picked up the boys’ best performance award through Hazim Zafri. But they failed to pick up the girls’ award, which was won by Bersatu’s lightweight exponent Zakiah Adnan.
“I didn’t expect to win the best performance award as there were a lot of good fighters in the championships,” said the 11-year-old Hazim.
The eastern region event was the third leg of the championships. The first leg was in Ipoh on March 8 while Malacca hosted the southern region leg on April 5.
The Grand Finals, which will see the Tunku Imran Challenge Trophy being awarded to the overall champions, will be held in Kuala Lumpur on June 1.