Southeast Asian Games silver medalist Daniel Parantac bagged a bronze medal in taijiquan of the 12th World Wushu Championships taolu competition on Monday in Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia.
Parantac scored 9.64 points to finish behind gold medalist Yunlong Chai of China (9.70) and silver winner Lee Yang of Malaysia (9.69). He earlier placed fourth in taijijian event.
“I gave it my all and when I was running second to the Chinese, there were tense moments. The favorite Malaysian and the Korean who won the silver medal in the taijijian have yet to perform. It was well while the Malaysian overtook me, the Korean fell short (by slimmest of margins, .01),” Parantac said.
Wushu Federation of the Philippines Secretary General Julian Camacho said the team is aiming to surpass its two golds in the 2011 edition.
“I hope Daniel’s getting a bronze anew will spur our sanda athletes to replicate the two gold-medal output we had in 2011” said Camacho.
Reigning world champion Jessie Aligaga, Benjie Rivera, Jean Claude Saclag and Evita Elise Zamora secured spots in the semifinals of their respective events in sanda.
Aligaga defeated Chan Hau Wing of Hong Kong, Rivera blasted Mohammad Ramin Naemi of Afghanistan, Saclag beat Karapet Tevosyan of Armenia, and Zamora overpowered Chao Ho Yee of Hong Kong.
In the semifinals, Aligaga faces Sri Lankan W.L. Gunasekara, Rivera battles Malaysian Lee Wei Loong, Saclag meets Vietnamese Ban Van Trong, and Zamora tackles Iranian Elaheh Mansoryan Samiroumi.
EMIL C. NOGUERA