• Wong gives Philippines 2nd gold in Asian junior wushu

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

    The 15-year-old Wong, who finished eighth in last year’s world junior tournament, displayed great flair and precision in scoring a leading 9.31 points to rule the 15-and-under women’s 32 forms taijijian (bare hands) of the taolu (form) competitions.

    She defeated Vietnam’s Tran Kieu Trang (9.21), who took the silver and South Korea’s Choi Yujeong (9.20), who settled for the bronze.

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

    Degala took the silver in the 18-and-under 2nd set changquan (long fist) after making 8.88 points behind Macau’s Lee Hoi Tan, who topped the event with an 8.92 tally. The bronze went to Kazahktan’s Adlet Tolebi (8.52).

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

    Overall, the  Filipinos have two gold medals and a silver to stay in seventh place in the four-day event behind China (4-1-0 gold-silver-bronze), Macau (3-2-1) and Malaysia (3-1-4).

     

    JOSEF RAMOS

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