Jones Inso, a veteran taolu specialist, secured a bronze medal for the Philippines in the 19th Asian Games (Asiad) in the wushu men’s taijiquan-taijijian all-around event. His combined effort of 9.746 points in the taijiquan discipline and 9.470 points in the taijijian discipline earned him a spot on the podium. Gao Haonan from China took the gold medal, while Hui Tak Yan from Hong Kong claimed the silver medal.
Despite juggling his time as a national athlete and his education as a mechanical engineering major, Inso put in the effort during training and reviewed his past performances to improve. His hard work paid off, and he expressed his joy at winning the bronze medal.
This bronze medal adds to the Philippines’ tally in the Asian Games, following taekwondo jin Patrick King Perez’s third place finish in the men’s individual poomsae event. Inso’s improved performance in these Games showcases his potential for even greater achievements in the future.
Kayla not worried
In the women’s 50-meter backstroke finals, Kayla Sanchez, a 22-year-old swimmer who recently acquired Philippine citizenship, finished in sixth place. Despite the result, Sanchez remains hopeful and confident about her chances of winning a medal in the pool in the upcoming days. She clocked a time of 28.66 seconds in the event, where she was previously considered a strong contender for gold. She is determined to push forward and represent the Philippines with pride.
In the same event, Chinese swimmers Wang Xueer and Wan Letian claimed the top two spots, contributing to China’s dominance in the medal count. Wang finished with a time of 27.35 seconds, followed closely by Wan with 27.41 seconds. Miki Takahashi from Japan secured the bronze medal with a time of 28.21 seconds.
Despite the challenging competition, Sanchez remains focused on her upcoming events, including the 100-meter freestyle, 50-meter freestyle, 4×100-meter medley relay, and 100-meter backstroke. She aims to continue representing the Philippines with determination and passion.
Gao Haonan from China won the gold medal in the men’s taijiquan-taijijian all-around event, earning a combined score of 19.666. Hui Tak Yan from Hong Kong took the silver medal with a total score of 19.494. Inso’s second-place finish in the barehand taijiquan event showcases his potential for future success.