JAKARTA — (UPDATED) Almohaidib Abad bagged another bronze medal for the Philippines on Wednesday morning, after placing third in the men’s single finals in pencak silat.
Performing fourth, the 18-year-old from General Santos City garnered a score of 455, good for second at the time behind Thailand’s Ilyas Sadara (460).
But hometown bet Sugianto Sugianto, performing last, came through with a superb display to get a score of 471 — to the delight of the partisan crowd at the Padepokan Pencak Silat.
“Pagod po, at mahirap talaga,” Abad told reporters after his performance. “Buti na lang naka-bronze.”
Competing in his first Asian Games, Abad had hoped for gold in Jakarta.
"‘Yun ang inaasahan ko, gold sana,” said Abad, the son of a coach who grew up around the sport.
“Pero okay na rin ‘yung bronze.”
With Abad’s podium finish, the pencak silat team has now produced four bronze medals for the Philippines in the Asian Games.
The Philippines has 13 bronzes to go along with three gold medals.
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