HANGZHOU, China – Patrick King Perez delivered the first podium performance for Team Philippines at the 19th Asian Games with a bronze medal in the men’s individual poomsae on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Southeast Asian Games champion gifted himself and the country a third-place finish after dropping his semi-final against Taipei’s Ma Yun Zhong at the Lin’an Sports and Culture Exhibition Center here.
“This is the Asian Games and I still couldn’t believe I won bronze,” Perez said after amassing 6,910 points in the event that brought together both freestyle and recognized disciplines.
Perez scored 7,640 points in an almost flawless routine in the recognized and 6,180 in the freestyle, where the Filipino was persistently cheered by the crowd.
Ma impressed the judges, scoring a total of 7,450 points based on his 8,000 in the recognized act and the 6,900 in the freestyle series.
“My goal was to get the gold. But I am very happy with my bronze,” said Perez.
He outlasted Nepal’s Prem Bahadur Limbu in the quarter-finals and scored 7,560 points after his routine, automatically rewarding the Filipino with a certain bronze earlier.
The standout from Dela La Salle University in the UAAP set up the semi-final match with Ma, whose victory pushed him into a gold medal match against South Korea’s Kang Wanjin.
Jocel Lyn Ninobla, meanwhile, was not as lucky as Perez, failing to advance to the quarter-finals after posting a score of 7.560 behind South Korean Cha Yeaeun’s 7.680.
Perez defeated Souksavanh Chanthilath of Laos in the round of 16 before facing Limbu in the quarterfinals.