PH SNARES SECOND GOLD IN ASIAN WUSHU MEET

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Two fighters exchange kicks in the sanda (sparring) event of the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championships at the Makati Coliseum. PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI

AGATHA Chrystenzen Wong bagged the Philippines’ second gold medal while Dave Degala copped a silver on Friday in the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championships at the Makati Coliseum.

Wong, 15, who finished eighth in last year’s edition of the meet, displayed flair and precision to rule the 15-and-under women’s 32 forms taijijian [supreme ultimate fist]event of the taolu [forms]competition with 9.31 points.

Wong bested Vietnam’s Tran Kieu Trang (9.21) and South Korea’s Choi Yujeong (9.20) who won silver and bronze, respectively.

“This victory means a lot because it is my first gold medal in an international competition,” said Wong, a senior student of College of Holy Spirit.

Degala won the silver medal in the 18-and-under 2nd set changquan [long fist]after posting 8.88 points behind Macau’s Lee Hoi Tan, who topped the event with 8.92 points. Kazahktan’s Adlet Tolebi (8.52) finished third.

The Filipino squad earlier won the gold in the group exhibition event in the opening day of the tournament organized by Wushu Federation of the Philippines President Tan Shei Ling.

Overall, China is leading (4-1-0 gold-silver-bronze) followed by Macau (3-2-1) and Malaysia (3-1-4). The Filipinos with two gold medals and a silver are on the seventh place.

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