SEA Games 2019: Cramps, fatigue couldn't stop Agatha Wong from getting gold
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 02, 2019 10:12 AM
"Tapos ako, I had really bad cramps pa, tapos ang sakit ng katawan ko, kaya nga kanina naiyak ako when I hugged my dad kasi I was really, really relieved na I'm finally finished with my first event, and I think, personally my routine, I just did my best, and I hope that's enough for Team Philippines." - Agatha Wong
Filipina Wushu bet Agatha Wong was one of the favorites to capture gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, and she was able to deliver on the first official day of the biennial sporting event, topping the Women's Taijquan event, Sunday morning at the World Trade Center in Manila.
It was Wong's second-straight gold in the said event, taking home top honors in the 2017 SEA Games iteration of the Women's Taijiquan as well.
The expecations may have been high for the 21-year old, but Wong says she didnt let that become a source of pressure.
"I didn't really imagine anything, I didn't really expect anything actually, maski na they've written articles about me na parang 'Double Gold Standard', ganun," Wong said after her routine. "I'm really happy na I delivered that, the first gold, and I have no regrets for today."
The maiden gold medal in this year's Wushu competition, Wong says, is the result of months of hard work, preparation, and sacrifice.
"This year, I just really trained, all year round. Wala kaming holiday, or anything, kaya lahat kami, we're very fatigued right now, we're very tired."
Wong admitted that she had battled fatigue, body pains, and cramps heading into her opening performance.
"Tapos ako, I had really bad cramps pa, tapos ang sakit ng katawan ko, kaya nga kanina naiyak ako when I hugged my dad kasi I was really, really relieved na I'm finally finished with my first event, and I think, personally my routine, I just did my best, and I hope that's enough for Team Philippines."
Indeed, it was enough, as she did end up getting a gold medal, and there could be more to come for her as she's set to compete in the Women's Taijijian event on Tuesday, December 3rd. Wong grabbed silver in that event back in 2017.
While Wong could very well end up with two gold medals this year, she says she isn't really one to put such expectations on herself in competition. Rather, what's important for her is being pleased with what she was able to accomplish.
"I don't really expect anything talaga. Everytime I compete, regardless if it's Asian Games, SEA Games, I just want to be happy, personally, emotionally, mentally."
"I want to give my best everyday, and today, I think I delivered that," she added.