Agatha Wong of the Philippines proved a class over the rest, retaining the gold medal in the taolu taijiquan event of wushu Sunday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the World Trade Center in Manila.
Wong, who performed fifth in the order of play, was spectacular among all the nine entries, registering 9.67 to handily win the gold.
Lachkar Basma of Brunei won the silver with 9.55 points while Tran Thi Minh Huyen of Vietnam scored had 9.53 for the bronze medal.
“There was no holiday for us (in our training) so we are very fatigued right now. My body is aching. I was relieved after I finished my first event. I just did my best and I hope that’s enough for team Philippines,” said Wong.
Wong also ruled the event in the 2017 Games in Kuala Lumpur and won a bronze in the 2018 Indonesia Asian Games in Jakarta.
She is set to compete in the women’s taijijian event on December 3.
Loh Choon How of Malaysia topped the taijiquan event with 9.68 points, with Zheng Yu Hosea Wong of Brunei bagged the silver with 9.59 points. Daniel Parantac of the Philippines settled for the bronze medal with 9.56 points.
Wong won bronze in the past 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia taking medals in the women’s taijiquan and taijijian all-around event.
Wushu is among the most popular and most practiced martial art sport in the world. It is prevalent not only in Asia but also in Europe and the Americas.