Almohaidib Abad wins 4th pencak bronze in 2018 Asian Games


JAKARTA, Indonesia (UPDATED) – Almohaidib Abad secured the Philippines another bronze in the 2018 Asian Games pencak silat men's single final on Wednesday, August 29. 

Abad tallied 455 points behind gold winner Sugianto Sugianto of Indonesia (471 points) and silver medalist Ilyas Sadara of Thailand (460 points). 

"Gold sana pero okay na yung bronze (I hoped for a gold but a bronze is okay)," said Abad. 

The General Santos native described his routine to be "difficult," but he was successful in improving from a 452-point performance in the qualification round. 

"Dinala ko na yun sa performance ko din siguro. Mas-inigihan ko yung galaw ko ngayon kesa sa nauna," added Abad. 

(I guess I brought it out in my performance today. I sharpened my moves in today's performance compared to my first performance.) 

The 18-year-old claimed pencak silat's fourth medal after the trio of bronze medals from Jefferson Rhey Loon, Dines Dumaan and Cherry Mae Regalado.

The Philippines upped its medal haul to three gold and 13 bronze medals on Day 11 of the continental meet. –

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.