Agatha Wong wins gold medal in wushu taijiquan event

Agatha Wong bags gold medal (4:39)

Agatha Wong won the gold medal in the wushu taijiquan event in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. (4:39)

Agatha Wong won the gold medal in the women's taijiquan event of the wushu competition in the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Sunday at the World Trade Center.

Wong topped the field with a score of 9.67 points to claim the gold medal for the second straight time.

Brunei's Lachkar Basma ranked second with 9.55 and Vietnam's Tran Thi Minh Huyen came in third with 9.53.

"I feel relieved, because finally I'm done with my first event," Wong said after winning the competition. "I'm really happy to deliver something the Philippines is proud of."

Daniel Parantac, meanwhile, won the bronze medal in the men's taijiquan event with a score of 9.56. It was the first bronze medal for the SEA Games veteran as he adds to his collection of two golds and four silvers, competing in the 2011, 2013, and 2015 editions of biennial meet.

Another Filipino bet finished fourth in the men's taijiquan event with Jones Llabres Inso as he scored a solid 9.54.

Two more gold medals were up for grabs in the first day of wushu competitions in the menh's taolu changquan and men's taolu nandao and nangun combined.

Singapore's Yong Yi Xiang picked up the gold in men's taolu changquan with Wong Weng Son of Malaysia and Tran Xuan Hiep of Vietnam joining him on the podium. Filipino bet Johnzenth Gajo, who is only 17 years of age, finished at the seventh spot.

The men's taolu nandao and nangun combined turned out to be a historic event as Brunei Darussalam finally broke their drought with Mohammad Adi Salihin Roslan with the gold with a score of 9.64. It was a very tight race as he edged Harris Horatius of Indonesia and Pham Quoc Knahn of Vietnam who both scored 9.63.

It was the first gold for Brunei Darussalam since the 2013 Southeast Asian Games hosted in Myanmar where the pair of wushu artists in Faustina Woo Wai Sii and Wingshi Lee won them the gold in the women's taolu duilian event.

In the afternoon, it was time for wushu's sanda event.

Filipino bet Jessie Aligaga, competing in the men's 48kg division, scored a 1-0 victory against Malaysia's The Chee Chong to advance to the semifinals and move one step closer to a medal.

Three more Filipinos saw action later in the day to complete a clean sweep of their quarterfinal matches. Francisco Solis saw action in the men's 56kg category where he defeated Htike thein of Myanmar, Gideon Fred Padua took down Bayu Raka Putra of Indonesia in the men's 60kg division, and Clemente Tagubara, Jr., moved forward at the expense of Chong Jian Hwa of Malaysia in the men's 65kg category.