The Philippines women’s volleyball team beat Hong Kong on Thursday to notch up their first Asian Games win in 36 years.
The victory, in the Preliminary Round of the volleyball tournament in Jakarta, was a long time coming. The last time the Philippines won an Asian Games match was against India at the 1982 Games held in New Delhi, GMA News reported.
The Philippines lost to Thailand and Japan, but their win against Hong Kong gives them a chance of reaching the quarterfinals. That will be decided in a match against Indonesia on Saturday.
The Philippines is competing in 31 sports at this year’s Asian Games and currently has five bronze medals, three in taekwondo and 2 in wushu, and one gold medal in weightlifting.
An 85-year-old Filipino is currently the oldest athlete to compete in the Asian Games. Kong Te Yang will compete in the card game Bridge. These Games are the first in which Bridge has been included as a sport.