JAKARTA -- (UPDATED) Agatha Wong has added to the Philippines’ medal tally in the 2018 Asian Games after winning in her wushu event on Monday morning at the JIExpo.
Wong, competing in the Asian Games for the first time in her athletic career, grabbed the bronze medal in the women’s taijiquan and taijijian all-around event.
It was the Philippines’ third bronze medal of the games after the men’s and women’s poomsae squads opened the country’s account on Sunday.
“I just had no expectations,” said the 20-year-old Wong. “I just wanted to do my best, and I think I did my best. I think that’s worth it na din.”
Wong won a silver and a gold in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur for taijijian and taijiquan, respectively. The two events were combined in the Asiad, however, giving her just one shot at the prize.
She was tied for third in the taijiquan on Sunday, with a score of 9.68. She earned the same score in the taijijian on Monday to finish with a total score of 19.36.
Indonesia’s Lindswell won gold with a combined score of 19.50, while Hong Kong’s Juanita Mok got the silver with a total of 19.42.
It was a tense finish for Wong, who performed second and saw Lindswell and Mok overtake her in the standings.
She managed to hold off Vietnam’ Tran Thi Khan Ly (19.34) and Singapore’s Ning Tan (19.33) to secure the bronze medal.
“It’s the highlight of my 2018,” said Wong. “A lot has happened to me, and qualifying for the Asian Games is already a success on its own.”
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