MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE) Make it two golds for Agatha Wong.
Wong ruled the women's taijijian event on Tuesday morning at the World Trade Center for her second gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Wong, performing fourth, garnered a score of 9.65 for her routine to move to the top of the leaderboard.
She was eventually challenged by the last two performers: Vietnam’s Tran Thi Minh Huyen and Brunei’s Lachkar Basma. Tran got a 9.63, and Lachkar, the last wushu athlete to take the floor, got a 9.62, allowing Wong to hold on to her lead.
Tran and Lachkar settled for the silver and the bronze, respectively.
"Parang hindi pa nagre-register sa utak ko. I'm still trying to think na parang, nanalo ba talaga ako kasi I've been through so much," said the 21-year-old Wong after her triumph. "I'm very honored to have this opportunity talaga."
Wong already won the gold in the women's taijiquan event last Sunday.
She settled for the silver in taijijian two years ago in Kuala Lumpur, before upping her performance in front of an appreciative crowd of Filipinos in Hall A.
Wong was admittedly not quite satisfied with her own performance, but was thrilled to reach the top of the podium once again.
"For me, parang hindi ko na-meet 'yung expectations ko sa form," she said. "But results-wise, I'm really happy."
"I'm going to continue to do my best, even after the SEA Games," she added.
Other Filipino wushu athletes were unable to garner medals on Tuesday morning. Johnzenth Gajo finished sixth in the men's daoshu/gunshu combine, with a score of 18.98.
Xavier Edgar Marvel of Indonesia, Si Wei Jowen Lim of Singapore, and Xuan Hiep Tran of Vietnam claimed the gold, silver, and bronze, respectively.
In men's nanquan, Thornton Sayan settled for fifth place with a score of 9.610. Quoc Khanh Pham of Vietnam won the gold, followed by Harris Horatius of Indonesia, and Mohammad Adi Salihin Roslan of Brunei.
The Philippine team did get a bronze medal in men's duilian, courtesy of Gajo, Sayan, and Jones Inso.
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