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.
The Philippine delegation is headed now to GBK stadium for the closing ceremonies. #AsianGames2018 | via @beebeego09 pic.twitter.com/IsGJMBX7ck — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) September 2, 2018
Dressed in clear plastic rain coats, the athletes charged through the 90,000-seater stadium as heavy rains poured.
Team PH in front of GBK stadium! #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/QZ8LkHNqmk — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) September 2, 2018
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.
Margielyn Didal the PH’s flag bearer having fun inside GBK despite the rain! #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/r0hn6uwI2E — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) September 2, 2018
This golden girl has so much energy!! #AsianGames2018 @RapplerSports pic.twitter.com/Az1byvrl9p — Bee Go (@beebeego09) September 2, 2018
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.
4 golds, 2 silvers, 15 bronzes. Congratulations! Here are Philippines' #AsianGames2018 medalists, bannered by 4 golds from Hidilyn Diaz Margielyn Didal , Yuka Saso, and the PH Women's Golf Team ! MABUHAY ANG MGA ATLETANG PILIPINO! pic.twitter.com/6uZGwcwmkv — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) September 2, 2018
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