Taekwondo jin secures Philippines’ first Asian Games 2023 medal

MANILA, Philippines – The 2023 Asian Games has officially started and Filipino athletes are all in high spirits to compete in their respective sports with one goal in mind: To bring home medals and make the country proud.

Taekwondo-Poomsae player, Patrick Perez made history as the first Filipino athlete to bag a medal at the 2023 Asiad on Sunday, September 24, in Hangzhou, China.

“Golden-bronze” for Patrick Perez
“Golden-bronze” for Patrick Perez as he delivered Philippines’ first ever medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games. Photo Credit: Manila Times

The 23-year-old taekwondo jin copped a bronze after tallying a total of 6.910 points for combined freestyle and recognized poomsae events.

Perez had a chance to reach the finals but failed to make it after Ma Yun Zhong of Chinese Taipei edged him by less than a point in the semis.

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Prior to this competition, Perez, a product of De La Salle University, won gold in the same events at the 32nd SEA Games in Cambodia a few months ago.

In the women’s division, three-time SEA Games gold medalist and world number 2 in female under 30 category, Jocel Lyn Ninobla failed to make a podium finish in recognized poomsae in day two of the continental meet.

Still in Taekwondo, Olympian and SEA Games medalist, Kurt Bryan Barbosa will try to replicate Perez’s feat at the men’s -58kg Taekwondo-Kyorugi (sparring) on Monday, September 25 against Uzbekistan’s Omonjon Otajonov in preliminaries.

Meanwhile, South East Asia Wushu Queen, Agatha Wong fell a little bit short of a bronze medal in the Wushu Taijijian and Taijiquan events. Wong finished 3rd in Taijijian but dropped to 7th place in Taijiquan to culminate her Asiad stint at 4th place overall.

In boxing, Mark Fajardo advanced to the round of 16 at the men’s 63.5kg after dismantling Bhutan’s Dorji Wangdi in just under a minute.

In women’s swimming, Filipina tankers Jasmine Alkhaldi, Xiandi Chua, Teia Salvino, and Chloe Isleta booked their ticket to the finals after placing 3rd at the 4x100 freestyle relay.

In women’s skateboarding, another athlete made it to the finals early in the Asian meet. Filipina Mazel Paris Alegado finished 7th in the women's park event but enough for the 9-year-old to enter the championship round.

—Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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