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Agatha Wong reigns in wushu, retains SEA Games gold in women’s taijijian

Delfin Dioquino
Agatha Wong reigns in wushu, retains SEA Games gold in women’s taijijian

CHAMPION AGAIN. Agatha Wong hikes her SEA Games gold tally to four.

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Wushu star Agatha Wong redeems herself from her unsuccessful title-retention bid in women's taijiquan as she defends her throne in women's taijijian

MANILA, Philippines – Wushu star Agatha Wong will not go home from the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam without a gold medal.

Wong added another gold to her SEA Games collection after defending her throne in women’s taijijian on Sunday, May 15, at the Cau Giay Sporting Hall in Hanoi.

She tallied 9.71 points to edge home bets Thi Mihn Huyen Tran (9.70) and Thi Kieu Trang Tran (9.69) and deliver the Philippines its first wushu gold in Vietnam.

The narrow win redeemed Wong from her unsuccessful title-retention bid in women’s taijiquan, where she settled for silver after finishing as runner-up to Alisya Mellynar of Indonesia.

Wong ruled the women’s taijiquan in the 2017 and 2019 SEA Games.

“I’m so thankful,” said Wong, who admitted coming to Hanoi with tempered expectations due to the team’s limited two-month bubble training in Manila.

“We must remember that there’s a pandemic. So yesterday I was thankful that I got a silver. Even if it was a bronze, I’d still be thankful.”

Wong hiked her overall SEA Games medal tally to six with four golds and two silvers. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.