Patrick King Perez gave the nation one thing to cheer for on Sunday, delivering the primary podium efficiency for Workforce Philippines within the nineteenth Asian Video games (Asiad) with a bronze end within the males’s particular person poomsae right here in Hangzhou, China.
“Only a few months again I used to be holding a gold medal within the SEA (South East Asian) Video games, so it’s actually onerous to consider that I’ve received a medal once more in my first Asian Video games,’’ mentioned Perez after his twin routine took him so far as the semifinals, the place he misplaced to Chinese language Taipei’s Ma Yun Zhong.
“I advised myself that my subsequent goal [after the SEA Games] is the Asian Video games. I won’t have received the gold, however it’s unbelievable that I received a bronze,’’ mentioned 23-year-old Perez of his efficiency within the competitors that merges acknowledged and freestyle occasions. “It is a dream come true.’’
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Even with out bringing dwelling a medal, skateboarder Mazel Alegado was a scene-stealer for the Philippines on Sunday.
At 9 years outdated, Alegado is the youngest athlete competing within the Asian Video games and reached the ladies’s park skateboarding remaining at Qiantang Curler Sports activities Centre.
She has numerous floor to cowl although.
The Filipino prodigy completed seventh among the many eight individuals who survived the qualification spherical and made it to the ultimate skate-off.
Alegado scored 44.86 factors in her first run and delivered her finest efficiency in her second strive, garnering 56.96 factors to earn a shot on the medal within the girls’s park remaining on Monday.
Japan’s Hinano Kusaki high scored with 78.06 factors, Mao Jiasi of China positioned second with 77.06 factors, whereas Japanese Mei Sugawara completed third with 75.33.
Margielyn Didal, the 2018 Asian Video games gold medalist, will begin her marketing campaign in girls’s road skateboarding on Tuesday.
Perez and Alegado have been the early highlights on Sunday, after the nationwide swimming workforce delayed the debut of the much-hyped Kayla Noelle Sanchez by saving her for the ultimate of the ladies’s 4×100 freestyle relay that was but to begin at press time.
Two-time Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi and Southeast Asian Video games gold medalists Xiandi Chua, Teia Salvino and Chloe Isleta rolled the crimson carpet out for Sanchez, qualifying the ladies’s workforce to the finals after ending third within the second warmth in three minutes and 48.06 seconds.
The Philippines completed the warmth behind China’s 3:37.53 and Japan’s 3:40.89.
Whereas Perez managed to carry out creditably within the twin self-discipline of poomsae, which is a brand new modification for the Asiad, three-time SEA Video games champion Jocel Lyn Ninobla hit a wall in opposition to a formidable foe.
Ninobla, an authorized acknowledged poomsae virtuoso, misplaced to South Korea’s Cha Yeaeun within the girls’s particular person poomsae spherical of 16.
Cha garnered 7.680 in her two-way effort, narrowly beating Ninobla’s 7.560.
“Mixing acknowledged with freestyle is a brand new occasion. Good factor I used to be in a position to adapt shortly since I already competed within the freestyle in 2019,’’ mentioned Perez.
The De La Salle College standout put collectively a mean output of 6.910 after registering 7.640 and 6.180, respectively, whereas Ma caught the attention of the judges and acquired a mixed effort of seven.450 constructed on his routine of 8.000 and 6.900.
“It’s a very good begin and a very good signal,’’ mentioned Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham “Bambol’’ Tolentino of Perez’s bronze.
Ma finally settled for the silver medal after South Korea’s Kang Wan-jin dominated the ultimate with a 7.730 to high the Taiwanese’s complete of seven.480. INQ
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