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NP3 Students Competes Around the World

USA Taekwondo team after win in Pan American Games in Brazil

By Surya Tanikella
Staff Writer | The Pacific Times

NP3 High junior Anthony Do has literally traveled the world to compete in international Taekwondo tournaments representing the United States of America.

This year alone, Do has already competed in Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

“The Pan American Games is an Olympic event held every four years with multiple sports ranging from swimming to basketball to Taekwondo,” explained Do.

Do competed in the qualifier for the Pan American Games hosted in Brazil from March 19-25. According to Do, he will be among the top eight competitors to participate in the Pan American Games scheduled to be held in Santiago, Chile in October. 2023.

“Under Team USA, I will be competing alongside the best athletes from North and South America to represent our country at the games,” said Do. He continued “I was fortunate enough to make the only male spot for taekwondo poomsae following a win at the February Team Trials held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.”

According to Do, the American team consists of his partner Kaitlyn Reclusado, eight sparring athletes, and several coaches. Do and Reclusado, competed in events at the qualifier consisting of freestyle routines to traditional forms of Taekwondo in the Poomsae style.

“I am beyond grateful and honored for this opportunity, especially with all the support from USA Taekwondo, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee , families, teammates, and coaches,” said Do.

Do received a gold medal in the under 17 Taekwaondo freestyle bracket and earned a silver medal in the under 17 male individual bracket at the Pan American Junior Poomsae Championships. Additionally, Do later competed at the Dominican Republic Open and earned a gold medal in the under 17 male individual category.

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