Alienson Omengan recovered from a frustrating performance the previous day to hand the Philippines its third gold medal in the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championships on Saturday at the Makati Coliseum.
Inspired by the cheering Filipino crowd, Omengan garnered 9.33 points to rule the men’s 18-and-under nanquan [southern fist]event of the taolu [form]competition. It was his second gold medal in the meet counting the first place victory in the eight-man group exhibition that the Philippines won in the opening day.
“I really like to bounce back after a disappointing finish in nangun [southern staff]event last Thursday,” said the 15-year-old La Trinidad Benguet native Omengan. “I’m hoping my fellow Filipinos also grab more gold medals.”
Omengan beat Macau’s Chio Wai Keon (9.24) and Nepal’s Bishal Thapa Sinjali (9.16), who took the silver and bronze, respectively, in the competition organized by Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP) President Tan Shei Ling.
Meanwhile, Liana Faith Andaya, 10, won the silver medal in the girls 12-and-under elementary chanquan [long fist]posting a total score of 9.06. China’s Yu Huilin took the gold with 9.10 points. In the 12-and-under girls jianshu [sword]contest, Andaya was bested once again by Weiou Yiyin of China, who ruled the event by scoring 9.10 points topping the Filipina’s 9.05.
Another member of the Philippine Team, Christian Nicholas Lapitan, bagged the bronze in the boys 12-and-under chanquan.
After 40 rounds of taolu, China is still leading the medal count with eight golds and one silver. Hong Kong is second (5-5-3), Macau third (5-3-5), Malaysia fourth (3-3-5) and host Philippines fifth (3-3-1).
Josef T. Ramos