Dustin Jacob Mella together with Fr. Santiago G. Gonzalez, CMF (School Administrator) and Mr. Igor Mella (father and coach) during their courtesy visit to the school
August 19, 2018. Jakarta, Indonesia. The Philippines made its first splash in the 2018 Asian Games with a Bronze medal finish courtesy of the Men's Taekwondo Poomsae Team, one of whose members is a Claretian, Dustin Jacob Mella. Joining him in the podium finish were Junior Reyes, a graduate from UST, and Jeordan Dominguez, a native of Baguio.
The win was a momentous one as the Bronze medal achieved by the Men's Poomsae Team was the first for the Philippines in the quadrennial games, serving as a jump off point for the country's 4 Gold, 2 Silver, and 15 Bronze medal haul.
Dustin Jacob Mella together with Fr. Santiago G. Gonzalez, CMF (School Administrator)
The Men's Poomsae Team faced off against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the round of 16, winning by a comfortable margin, with the final score being 8.18 for the Philippines and 7.64 for Saudi Arabia. In the quarterfinals, the Philippine team played Iran, where they again overcame their opponent, with their score being 8.33 to Iran's 8.10. In the semis, the Philippines finally bowed out to the eventual Silver medalist China, 7.83 to 8.17.