MABUHAY! Members of the Philippine national women's volleyball team and skateboarding team stay for the closing ceremonies of the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler
JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Philippine women's volleyball and skateboarding teams represented the delegation in the 2018 Asian Games finale held at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday, September 2.
Dressed in clear plastic rain coats, the athletes charged through the 90,000-seater stadium as heavy rains poured.
Golden skater Margielyn Didal – who bagged Philippines' fourth gold medal – led the delegation as the flag bearer of the Asiad closing ceremonies. Despite getting soaked from the downpour, the cold never bothered her anyway as she continued to energize the Philippine squad.
Philippines hauled in a total of 21 medals – 4 golds, 2 silvers and 15 bronzes – to finish at 19th place in the 2018 Asiad. The Filipinas dominated the Philippine campaign as weighlifter Hidilyn Diaz, Yuka Saso and the women's golf team and skater Didal copped all 4 gold medals.
Philippine sports will now turn its focus to playing in front of the home crowd in the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
With Indonesia leading the Southeast Asian contingent in the Asiad, followed by Thailand and Malaysia, it will be an uphill task for the Philippines to achieve its first place finish since the 2005 Manila SEA Games.
With 15 months left to go before the biennial event, the country will realistically aim for a top 3 finish. – Rappler.com