MARCELA CASTILLO WINS THIRD MEDAL FOR PERU
Peruvian taekwondo poomsae closed an amazing day with a second silver medal. Peruvian fans made the Callao Sports Center vibrate with their impressive support.
Marcela Castillo, the girl who began her training in the discipline of taekwondo poomsae at the age of 8, reached her greatest achievement in her tireless rise. Castillo, two-time gold winner at the Trujillo 2013 and Santa Marta 2017 Bolivarian Games, wowed hundreds of fans with her routine at Callao Sports Center.
Castillo scored 7.530 points in the judges’ overall results, only behind Mexican Paula Fregoso, who won a gold medal after scoring 7.660. American Karin Real reached the third place (7.510 points).
Unlike taekwondo kyorugi (combat), poomsae is a mixture of defensive and offensive movements against an imaginary opponent within a set contest area. The routine, which is evaluated by a group of judges, needs to be good in terms of agility, elasticity, technique, accuracy and artistic presentation.