By Joseph Pedrajas
Philippine wushu bet Jones Inso made a memorable first Southeast Asian Games campaign after striking the silver during the men’s taijijian competition in the 30th SEAG on Monday at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
Inso, 22, logged 9.65 points behind Malaysia’s Choon How Loh 9.68 in taolu’s straight-sword. Brunei’s Hosea Yu came in third with 9.6.
“I do not have any expectations. What I only had in mind was to deliver what we trained amid difficulties and to do my best,” said Inso.
He performed second to last, but said he felt no pressure, unlike what he went through during his previous performance in taijiquan.
“Actually, I was more nervous yesterday because I felt the pressure from the audience,” said three-year national athlete.
“Today, my muscles already loosened up to perform.”
Inso’s last event will be the duilian competition today.
In men’s daoshu, Philippines’ Johnzenth Gajo, who was third to perform, had a good start with 9.63. He eventually fell out of contention, however, after the three last performers — Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam — made it to the top.
Meanwhile, the country’s bet in men’s nangun competition, Thornton Sayan, placed only fourth after garnering 9.60 points. Brunei secured the gold while Indonesia and Vietnam won the silver and bronze, respectively.
Also performing today are Sayan in nanquan and duilian, Johnzenth Gajo in gunshu and dulian, and women’s taijiquan gold medalist Agatha Wong in taijijian.