Agatha Wong settles for silver in taijiquan, five wushu athletes win bronze for PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) – The gold for the Philippine wushu team in the 31st Southeast Asian Games remains elusive on Saturday at the Cau Giay Gymnasium.

Agatha Wong's reign as the region’s taijiquan queen ended after she settled for a silver medal finish in the event.

The podium finishers’ scores were pretty close as gold medalist Alisya Mellynar of Indonesia finished with a score of 9.71, and Wong garnered 9.69 points.

By a hairline, the Filipina wushu practitioner edged eventual bronze medalist Sy Xuan Sydney Chin of Malaysia, who got 9.68 points.

“I’m still grateful for the silver because we only trained for two months. I wasn’t expecting anything. But I did my best so that’s enough,” said Wong, who ruled the event in the 2017 and 2019 SEA Games.

Meanwhile, Jones Inso won his second medal in the 31st SEA Games after a bronze medal finish in the men’s taolu taijijian event.

The slimmest of margins separate the medalists, with Jun Kai Chan of Singapore finishing with 9.72 points to win gold, Nicholas of Indonesia getting 9.71 points, and Inso scoring 9.70 points.

Inso clinched the silver medal in men’s taolu taijiquan on Friday. 

Daniel Parantac, the other Filipino who competed in the men’s taolu taijiquan, wounded up in seventh place with 9.45 points.

Johnzenth Gajo and Thornton Lou Sayan missed a podium finish in the men’s daoshu (taolu) and nanquan events, respectively.

On the other hand, four sanda wushu practitioners added four bronzes to their medal haul.

Clemente Tabugara (men’s sanda -70kg), Gideon Padua (men’s sanda 60kg), Francisco Solis (men’s sanda 65kg), and Divine Wally (women’s 48kg) all settled for bronze medals after they lost their respective semifinals bouts against the hometown bets.

Wushu Federation of the Philippines president Freddie Jalasco believes the team has what it takes to win the elusive gold in Vietnam come the final day of the 31st SEA Games wushu competitions on Sunday.

“We still have a shot at three gold medals tomorrow,” said Jalasco.