KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – National University (NU) standout Rhezie Aragon was unable to bring home a gold medal after bowing to the defending champion in the -53kg division of the kyorugi competition in taekwondo here in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
With only three competitors in her division, Aragon was seeded immediately to the finals on Monday at KLCC's Hall 1, but found herself facing off against Indonesia's Mariska Halinda, who ruled the division back in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
Halinda immediately went up 3-0 in the opening round, but Aragon landed a headkick to tie things up at 3-3 after the end of the opener.
But the Indonesian veteran took control in the second frame, leading 6-3, and eventually won with a score of 9-4 to seize another SEA Games gold.
Aragon later explained that her opponent may have gotten the better of her early, but she did not want to give up even as she trailed by a fair margin.
“Maraming nagchi-cheer sa akin na, ‘kaya mo ‘yan,'” said the 21-year-old Aragon, who helped NU win the UAAP Season 79 taekwondo tournament last year where she competed as a featherweight.
“Babawi po ako, promise ‘yan,” added the jin, who was competing in the SEA Games for the very first time after joining the Philippine team just two years ago.
Aragon was the lone Filipino jin in action on Monday, with Kirstie Elaine Alora and Francis Agojo wrapping up the taekwondo team's campaign on Tuesday.
News Source: ABS-CBN NEWS