Asian Games recap (August 26): Gold on the greens; hope inside boxing ring


Posted at Aug 27 2018 12:17 AM

Golfers Yuka Saso (from left), Lois Kaye Go and Bianca Pagdanganan were the biggest stars on Sunday for the Philippine contingent in the 2018 Asian Games. PSC media pool

The second week of these Asian Games began marvelously for the Philippine national delegation when its female golfers scooped up 2 gold medals and a bronze in Jakarta on Sunday.

Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go won the team title, Saso clinched the individual championship, and Pagdanganan collected a bronze in the most productive single-day outing for the Filipinos in these Games.

Pencak silat fighters Dines Dumaan and Jefferson Loon earlier earned a bronze medal each, helping to hike the Philippines’ medal total to 13 — 3 gold and 10 bronze.

“I just never lost faith in myself and I never doubted this team form the beginning,” said Saso, who stands to pick up P6 million for her individual gold apart from the reward for her team win.

“We are all fighters and we really fought hard for our country.”

On the track, Southeast Asian Games champion Eric Cray reached the finals of the men’s 400 meter hurdles, giving him a shot at an elusive medal in this continental competition.

The boxing team finally delivered a victory courtesy of flyweight fighter Rogen Ladon, but the dismal showing continues with the one-and-done outing of James Pelicte (lightweight) and Irish Magno (women’s flyweight).

In Palembang, the men’s and women’s sides in traditional boat race, also known as the dragon-boat race, failed to medal in the 500-meters competition.

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