MANILA, Aug. 9 (PNA) -- The Philippines has captured its second gold medal in the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championship through 15-year old Agatha Chrystenzen Wong in the women’s 32 forms taijijan.
She had a score of 9:31, well-ahead by 10 points against her closest pursuer, Tran Thi Kieu Trang of Vietnam (9.21) and South Korea’s Choi Yujeong (9.20) in second and third place, respectively Thursday evening at the Makati Coliseum.
The country’s first gold was in the group exhibition where Liana Faith Andaya, Joel Casem, Vanessa Jo Chan, Dave Degala, Johnzenth Gajo, Christian Nicholas Lapitan, Kimberly Makuha and Alieson Ken Omengan excellently performed
Wong, a fourth year high school student at the Holy Spirit School in Manila was also a gold medalist in the same event and is now an elite athlete of the Philippine Sports Commission.
Her grandmother said Agatha is a “well-guarded when training and attending school.
She takes her wushu training seriously and does not stray away from it everyday at three to four hours day.
The fish-slim girl dreams of going to the Asian Games in 2018 and the Olympics as well if wushu becomes an Olympic sport. Like a champion, she started practicing the sport when she was just six years old and does things on her own to improve her craft.
Coach Bobby Co praised Wong as a conscientious athlete who has the mind of a determined champion.
The Filipinos’ first silver medal was tabbed by Dave Degala in the Group A men’s 2nd set changquan with a score of 8.88.
The gold went to Macau’s Lee Hoi Tan (8.92) while the bronze went to Kazakhstan’s Tolebi Adlet (8.52).
Host Philippines was not lucky in the Group A men’s Nangun with Alieson Ken Omengan landing in sixth place with 9.33 points, seven points behind gold medalist Azizkhani Mohmmadreza of Iran’s 9.40.
Our bet in the 56kg sanda, Clemente Tabugara Jr, did not finish because of a recurring pulled muscle injury during training and gave his Indian opponent Thokchom had an easy pass to the next round.
Another candidate, James Daquil in the men’s 60 kg was scheduled to advance to the second session.
Coach Co said “We have a strong medal chance in jianshu. I don’t know if the color is gold because of the other countries have sent their best youth competitors also. What’s important is our getting some experience and exposure in this kind of an international tournament setting.”
Fifteen Filipino athletes have been entered in the championship—nine in the taolu event and six in sanda.
Wushu Federation Philippines secretary-general Julian Camacho told mediamen Friday that most of the delegates from 23 countries now participating in the Philippines have given nod to the country’s bid to host the World Wushu Championships in 2015.
Medal Standings as of 12nn, August 9:China—4 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze; Macau 3 gold, 2 silver, 0 bronze; Malaysia 3 gold, 1 silver,4 bronze; Hong Kong (3-1-1); Iran (2-2-2); South Korea (2-1-1); PHL(2-1-0); Japan(2-0-2); Viet Nam(1-5-2), Singapore (1-1-1); Indonesia(0-3-1); Chinese Taipei(0-2-0); Myanmar(0-1-3); Brunei (0-0-1); Kazakshtan (0-0-1); India(0-0-1). Philippine News Agency (PNA)
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