The Philippines bagged its first two medals on the opening day of the 18th Asian Games that are currently being held in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
On Sunday at the Jakarta Convention Center, the Philippines men’s taekwondo team won third place in the team poomsae competition. China took second place while Korea won the gold medal, ABS-CBN News reported.
The Philippines won its second medal after the women’s taekwondo team also placed third in the team poomsae competition. The silver medal went to Korea, while Thailand won gold. Juvenile Faye Crisostomo, 22, a member of the women’s team, said they are proud to represent the Philippines and to win a medal for the country.
“We didn’t expect to win third place. We feel honored and proud,” Crisostomo said.
The Philippines is competing in 31 sports at this year’s Asian Games, where the country’s tennis team hopes to win its first medal in eight years. The last time the country won a medal in tennis was at the 2010 Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China.
Chris Cuarto, head coach of the Philippines tennis team, said the country has a good chance in winning a medal this year.
“I would be happy if any of our players or teams reached the semifinals,” Cuarto said.
The 18th Asian Games are taking place from August 18 to September 2 in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia.