Patrick King Perez gave the nation one thing to cheer for on Sunday, delivering the primary podium efficiency for Group Philippines within the nineteenth Asian Video games (Asiad) with a bronze end within the males’s particular person poomsae right here in Hangzhou, China.
“Just some months again I used to be holding a gold medal within the SEA (South East Asian) Video games, so it’s actually laborious to consider that I’ve gained a medal once more in my first Asian Video games,’’ stated 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 informed myself that my subsequent goal [after the SEA Games] is the Asian Video games. I won’t have gained the gold, but it surely’s unbelievable that I bought a bronze,’’ stated 23-year-old Perez of his efficiency within the competitors that merges acknowledged and freestyle occasions. “This can be a dream come true.’’
Even with out bringing residence a medal, skateboarder Mazel Alegado was a scene-stealer for the Philippines on Sunday.
At 9 years previous, Alegado is the youngest athlete competing within the Asian Video games and reached the ladies’s park skateboarding last at Qiantang Curler Sports activities Centre.
She has a number of floor to cowl although.
The Filipino prodigy completed seventh among the many eight members 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 greatest efficiency in her second attempt, garnering 56.96 factors to earn a shot on the medal within the ladies’s park last on Monday.
Japan’s Hinano Kusaki prime 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 ladies’s road skateboarding on Tuesday.
Perez and Alegado had been the early highlights on Sunday, after the nationwide swimming staff 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 staff 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 towards a formidable foe.
Ninobla, a licensed acknowledged poomsae virtuoso, misplaced to South Korea’s Cha Yeaeun within the ladies’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 capable of adapt shortly since I already competed within the freestyle in 2019,’’ stated 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 begin and signal,’’ stated Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham “Bambol’’ Tolentino of Perez’s bronze.
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Ma ultimately settled for the silver medal after South Korea’s Kang Wan-jin dominated the ultimate with a 7.730 to prime the Taiwanese’s whole of seven.480. INQ