Agatha Wong made sure the Philippines didn't go empty-handed on Monday, while others in the national delegation who weren't in play for a medal boosted the country's chances to pick up more later in these Asian Games.
Wong's bronze in wushu (women’s taijiquan and taijijian all-around event) in the morning was the third for the Philippines in these Games.
She accomplished the feat even though she wasn't at the peak of health.
“Nahirapan po talaga ako tumapak dahil sa tendinitis ko, tapos hirap ako magbend dahil sa knees ko. But I felt relieved kasi tapos na ako and my hard work paid off," said Wong, who didn't expect she will have podium right on her first try in the Asian Games.
One Pinoy gymnast and the women's softball team gave the country reason to look forward to the coming days.
Carlos Yulo placed just eighth in the men's individual all-around event in gymnastics (China took the gold and bronze, Japan the silver.)
But the 18-year-old topped the qualifiers in the floor competition and placed fourth in vault to secure passage through to the medal round scheduled on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
In softball, the Philippines extended its perfect start by beating Korea 5-3 and China 1-0, putting the Blu Girls in prime position for a top-3 finish.
The team battles Japan on Tuesday, then close out the preliminaries against Indonesia and Chinese-Taipei on Wednesday.
The countries with the four best records go through what is called a page system.
The top 2 squads dispute the first finals berth, while the loser of that game takes on the winner between the Nos. 3 and 4 teams for the right to the second finals seat.
Fencers ousted in Round of 16
Meanwhile, in fencing, Samantha Catantan and Maxine Esteban's bids in women's individual foil were stopped in the Round of 16.
Catantan lost to Liu Yan Wai 15-14, while Esteban fell 15-8.
In swimming, Jasmine Alkhaldi placed seventh among 8 competitors in the final of the women's 100-meter freestyle competition. Japan's Rikako Ikee set an Asian Games record to win gold, while China took home the silver and bronze.
In Palembang, Alberto Lim Jr., Jeson Patrombon and Marian Jade Capadocia of the national tennis team were all shown the exit in the opening round following straight-sets losses.
Meanwhile, Hagen Topacio finished sixth in trap shooting.
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