By Ricky Manliguis
MANILA—Agatha Wong successfuly defended her title in the women's Talou Taijijian event of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
The 21-year old Wong tallied a score of 9.67 enough to beat Basma Lachkar of Brunei and Vietnam’s Thi Minh Huyen Tran for the country’s second gold medal of the biennial meet.
Lachkar finished with 9.55 to take the silver medal, while Tran got a score of 9.53 for the bronze.
Meawhile, Daniel Parantac added a bronze medal as he finished third in the men’s Men's Taolu Taijiquan with a score of 9.56 points.
Loh Choon How of Malaysia won the gold medal with a 9.68 scored, while Brunei's Hosea Wong Zheng Yu got 9.59 to get the silver. Parantac’s compatriot Jones Llabres Inso missed the cut with his score of 9.54 for fourth.
Filipino bets Johnzenth Gajo and Thornton Sayan were not as fortrunate. Gajo finished seventh among ten competitiors in the men’s taolu changquan with 9.51 points, 0.19 behind eventual gold winner Yi Xiang Yong of Singapore.
Sayan, on the other hand, got sixth place in the nandao combine with 9.59. Mohammad Adi Dalihin Roslan of Bruneitook over the gold, just ahead of Indonesia's Harris Horatius and Vietnam's Quoc Khanh Pham.