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Jakarta’s Asian Games 2018

Jacqueline Siu (35) was the show-stealer in Dressage when securing Hong Kong’s first-ever equestrian medal at an Asian Games while also realising a dream of her own.

Jacqueline Siu of Hong Kong kisses her individual dressage gold medal during the equestrian competition at the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta International Equestrian Park on August 23, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Photo FEI/Yong Teck Lim

The British-based rider narrowly missed the individual podium when finishing fourth twice before. However this time around, partnering the 13-year-old JC Fuerst on Tour which was acquired by the Hong Kong Jockey Club from young German star Anna Abbalen, she climbed all the way to the coveted top step with victory in the Freestyle ahead of Malaysia’s Mohd Qabil Ambak Dato’ Mahamad Fathil (Rosenstolz) in silver and Korea’s Hyeok Kim (Degas K) in bronze.

Qabil Ambak topped the scoreboard in the Prix St Georges which decided the Team medals, but it was the consistency of the Japanese foursome that included Rio Olympians Masanao Takahashi (Fabriano) and Akane Kuroki (Toots) along with Shunsuke Terui (Alias Max) and Kazuki Sado (Djuice) that decided the destination of the 2018 Dressage team title. A second-place finish individually for 23-year-old Hyeok Kim helped Korea to silver, while Thailand’s bronze medal result was bolstered by a good performance from 24-year old Pakjira Thongpakdi (Hispania).

The Asian Games, the biggest multi-sport games after the summer Olympic Games, the Asian Games is the most prestigious event organised by the Olympic Council of Asia, with the 18th edition held in Jakarta-Palembang in 2018.  It was first held in 1951 in New Delhi, India and first time in Indonesia in 1962.

This year, there will be a total of 40 sports, 67 disciplines, and 465 gold medal events making this by far the biggest sports event on this continent and the biggest ever held in Asian Games history.

By Louise Parkes