Ken Alienson Omengan rebounded from a frustrating performance the previous day to the Philippines its third gold medal overall in the seventh Asian Junior Wushu Championships on Saturday at the Makati Coliseum.
Inspired by a small Filipino crowd, Omengan piled up a leading 9.33 score to rule the men’s 18-and-under nanquan (southern fist) event in taolu (form) and grab his second gold medal in the event – counting the eight-man group exhibition event that the Philippines won on opening day.
“I really like to bounce back after a disappointing finish in nangun (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.”
Macau’s Chio Wai Keon took the silver (9.24) and Nepal’s Bishal Thapa Sinjali (9.16) the silver bronze in the competition organized by the Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP) President Tan Shei Ling.
Liana Faith Andaya, 10, of the Philippines settled for silver in the girls 12-and-under elementary chanquan (long fist) event with a 9.06 score. China’s Yu Huilin took the gold with 9.10 points.
Christian Nicholas Lapitan joined Omengan and Andaya among the top Filipino performers after winning the bronze in the boys 12-and-under chanquan (long fist).
Andaya was foiled once again yesterday by a Chinese athlete, Weiou Yiyin, who topped the 12-and-under girls jianshu by scoring 9.10 points while the hometown bet took the silver (9.05).
After 40 taolu (form) final events, China led the overall tally with eight golds and one silver. Hong Kong is second with a 5-5-3 output.
Macau was third (5-3-5), Malaysia fourth (3-3-5) and the host Philippines fifth (3-3-1).
The first individual gold medalist for the Philippines was Agatha Chrstenzen Wong who won the 15-and-under women’s 32 forms taijijian (bare hands) of the taolu (form).
JOSEF T. RAMOS