JAKARTA -- Agatha Wong’s preparation for the 2018 Asian Games was not ideal, as she dealt with some injuries in the lead-up to the continental showcase.
The 20-year-old wushu competitor qualified to the Asiad for the first time in her career, but needed to overcome a slipped disc and patellar tendonitis in her right knee in order to perform at the Games.
She refused to let the pain stop her from training, however.
“So in preparation for the Asian Games, I just had therapy once a week, and then I had a rest, a week's rest when I discovered that I had a slipped disc then I was back at training na,” said Wong, who won a silver and a gold in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.
The sacrifice was well worth it for Wong, as she came away with a bronze in her Asian Games debut after competing in the taijiquan and taijijian all-around event.
“I feel relieved,” she said afterward. “Tapos na ako, and my hard work has paid off.”
A former swimmer who also took up ballet, Wong has been competing in wushu since she was eight years old but focused exclusively on the sport only in 2012.
Since then, she has proven to be a star for the Philippines, and broke through in the 2017 SEA Games.
"(This) is the highlight of my 2018,” Wong said of her bronze medal finish in the Asiad. “A lot na ha happened to me, and qualifying for the Asian Games pa lang is already a success on its own.”
“I just always try to do my best for the Philippines, for myself, for my family,” she added. “Without my friends, my family, I wouldn't be here right now, I wouldn't strive to do my best always.”
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