Taolu specialist Jones Inso saved the day for Team Philippines on Monday, September 25, winning another bronze medal for the country in the 19th Asian Games.
The 26-year-old from La Trinidad, Benguet missed out on a medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia early this year, but more than made up on a much bigger stage with a third-place performance in wushu men’s taijiquan-taijijian all-around event.
Inso scored 9.746 points in the barehand taijiquan form and tallied 9.470 in the swordplay discipline of taijijian for a total of 19.216.
China’s Gao Haonan was unsinkable with a combined effort of 19.666 points to claim the gold while Hong Kong’s Hui Tak Yan compiled 19.494 in the two-way event for the silver.
“Pinag-igihan ko ang training ko. Binalikan ko mga past performances ko and today naka-bronze tayo,’’ Inso said.
That third-place finish was the second for the country after taekwondo jin Patrick King Perez grabbed a bronze on Sunday in the men’s individual poomsae.
Inso, who missed out on a medal in the 2023 Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia, was the first performer in the taijiquan and second on the mat in the sword act with only Gao, Hui and Chinese Taipei’s Sun Chia Hung surpassing his performance.
“Challenge talaga ang mag-perform ng una. Napapanood ko lang mga kalaban ko at kinakabahan ako pero nag-enjoy din ako,’’ Inso, who will next see action in the World Combat Games and the World Wushu Championships, stated.
Agatha Wong was the nation’s female entry in the event, but the 2018 Asian Games bronze medalist fell short, ranking fourth place overall on Sunday.