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19th Asian Games

Agatha Wong aims to upstage bronze finish


Agatha Wong brought home a bronze medal from the previous Asian Games five years ago.

The nation’s top taolu specialist aims to return to the Philippines with another medal around her neck.

Wong will compete in the wushu competitions of the 19th Asian Games at the Xiaoshan Guali Sports Centre on Sunday, aiming for no less than another podium finish in the women’s taijiquan and taijijian (sword play) all-around.

Before her trip to the Zhejiang province capital here, the five-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist was busy balancing her time between training and medical school.

“Training while studying is tough. You have to balance everything,” said Wong, a freshman at the UERM Memorial Medical Center in Manila.

She won a pair of taijiquan gold medals in the SEA Games and two more in the taijijian event before wushu federation officials decided to merge both events beginning at the Cambodia SEA Games earlier this year.

The 25-year-old beauty still aced the combined events with a fifth SEAG gold in Phnom Penh last May, making Wong a worthy medal prospect in tomorrow’s finale.

“I’ve trained hard. As they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way,” said Wong, a silver medalist in taijiquan during the 2015 World Wushu Championships in Jakarta.

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