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BMX rider Coo offers Group PH ninth medal


HANGZHOU, China—Bouncing again from a nasty spill in his first run to make the finals, bicycle motocross (BMX) rider Patrick Coo copped a bronze as a follow-up to Group Philippines’ first gold medal within the nineteenth Asian Video games (Asiad) right here Sunday.

Timing 39.076 seconds, the 21-year-old former Asian junior champion added to the Philippines’ lean medal haul with the nation’s seventh bronze at Chun’an Jieshou Sports activities Centre BMX course, coming a day after the thirst for a win was quenched by pole vaulter EJ Obiena.

“I’m very comfortable, however hurting for certain,” Coo stated after the accident within the first moto of the 12-cyclist finale.

The Bellflower, California-born rider swung again into competition over the following two races for a spot within the gold-medal contest.

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“I have to take it step-by-step, by staying extra calm on the bike,’’ stated Coo after checking in third behind gold winner Asuma Nakai of Japan (37.542) and Southeast Asian Video games champion Komet Sukprasert of Thailand (38.478).

That jacked up Group Philippines’ medal tally to 1-1-7 (gold-silver-bronze) after 12 days of the regional meet, with the lone silver courtesy of Sanda fighter Arnel Mandal.

Daniel Caluag, the 2014 Incheon Asiad winner and 2018 bronze medalist, additionally made it to the finals however arrived sixth in 40.433. The 36-year-old Caluag continues to be recovering from a damaged rib he suffered whereas coaching in the US.

Coo, however, sustained the nationwide riders’ custom of securing a medal for the previous three Asian Video games. INQ

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