Golden delight: Hidilyn Diaz bags first PH gold
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz finally secured the Philippines' first gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games.
The 27-year-old Diaz lifted 92 kgs in the snatch and 115 in the clean and jerk for a total of 207 that merited her the top spot in the women's 53kg event.
“I am grateful to God that I won the gold medal that all of us Filipinos dream of,” Diaz said. “This proves the Olympic gold medal is possible.” (READ: Hidilyn Diaz gives PH first 2018 Asian Games gold)
The weightlifting star's first career Asian Games gold propelled the Philippines to 14th overall in the medal standings.
Another bronze medal fell into the Philippine coffers courtesy of taekwondo’s Pauline Louise Lopez.
The 2016 Asian champion settled for the women’s – 57 kgs bronze medal, yielding a controversial match to a taller Chinese Zongshi Luo, 4-11, at Jakarta Convention Center Assembly Hall D.
“I had the chance but the plan didn’t work according to what it should be. I was going for it, I did my part but it’s just it was not there for me,” a disappointed Lopez said. (READ: Pauline Lopez kicks way to 4th PH bronze in 2018 Asian Games)
Jordan Clarkson poured everything he got but the Philippines fell short at toppling China, 80-82, in Group D of the men's basketball tournament.
Clarkson delivered 28 points off 5 triples to go with 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals only to witness the Filipinos crumble down the stretch against a Chinese squad led by Zhou Qi. (READ: Clarkson-led Gilas falls short vs China in 2018 Asian Games)
The Filipinos were on their way to ending a 44-year Asian Games drought against China after leading 80-77 with 1:20 minutes left thanks to a Stanley Pringle bucket before China scored 5 straight points for the win.
In the mountain bike event, Ariana Thea Patrice Dormitorio didn’t have luck on her side and crashed in Lap 2 of the five-lap women’s cross-country event to bomb out of the medals race.
Dormitorio was ranked first in the 12-rider field but suffered the misfortune and had to recuperate from a left thigh injury at the Medical Tent.
“I’m somehow disappointed,” said Dormitorio, whose No. 100 ranking in the UCI made her the favorite in the race. “Luck was not with me today.”
Dormitorio, who turns 22 in a month, was first out of the start line, but being the lone Philippine rider in the race, she was gobbled up by two Chinese—eventual 1-2 finishers Yao Bianwa and Li Hongfeng—as they wound up Lap 1.
Thailand’s Sanchai Ratiwatana and Nicha Lenpitaksinchai eliminated Francis Casey Alcantara and Katrina Lehnart, the last Filipino netters standing, with a 6-0, 6-2 whipping in the mixed doubles of tennis at the Jakabaring Sports City courts.
The Filipino pair was unable to recover from a first-set shutout and crumbled in the second as the country’s tennis campaign in this sportsfest ended on a sour note.
Also bowing out was the women’s doubles pair of Lehnart and Marian Jade Capadocia, who fought valiantly but still fell short to Kazakhstan’s Ainitinova Gozal and Anna Danilina 7-5, 7-5.