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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, August 5, 2006

Hawai'i juniors strong in taekwondo

Advertiser Staff

Hawai'i won 59 medals, including 21 golds, at the 2006 Junior Olympic Taekwondo Championships, July 6 to 9, at Atlanta, Ga.

'Aiea's O'ahu Taekwondo Center won the most medals with 40, followed by Kane'ohe's Smith Taekwondo Center (10) and Maui's Kiffmann Taekwondo (9).

The event, hosted by USA Taekwondo in the Georgia Dome, is the highest level of competition for the Olympic-style taekwondo athletes between the ages of 6 and 17. It featured more than 3,000 competitors from all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

O'ahu Taekwondo Center's Tiffany Atud and Ezra Howells, and Smith Taekwondo Center's Jacob Smith won three medals each.

Winning two medals each were: O'ahu Taekwondo Center's Ethan Vargas, Sydney Tsukenjo, Kainalu Wong, Siana Siquig, Kevin Wheeler, Alec Coopman, Tydro Ate-Taito and Connie Young; Kiffmann Taekwondo's Angelo Deloso-Flocco; and Smith Taekwondo Center's Kawai Simeona and Shaiann Smith.



Chan Kim, a Kaimuki High junior, shot a second successive 3-under 69 yesterday to take a one-stroke lead in the Army Invitational championship at Leilehua Golf Course.

First-round leader Ryan Masuda (71) and Brandan Kop (70) share second at 5-under 139.

Pierre-Henri Soero (73), Samuel Rodriguez (72) and defending champion Matthew Ma (70) are tied for fourth at 142.

Robert Nakagawa (71) and Michael Miguel (75) share the A flight lead at 147, Lin Akiyama (77) leads B flight at 157, Leighton Uyeda (81) leads C flight at 165, and Wendell Kop (72) leads the senior flight at 148.



Aleia Monden, a 2006 St. Andrew's Priory graduate from Mililani, placed 11th in the 10-meter platform at the U.S. Diving Championships yesterday at Indianapolis, Ind.

Monden, who will attend Florida State in the fall, amassed 233.00 points.

Jessica Livingston, a 20-year-old who will be a junior at Texas, claimed her first national individual championship with 355.75 points.