Rivera wins gold medal in World Wushu tilt

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VETERAN artist Benjie Rivera ruled the men’s 52-kilogram sanshou event of the 12th World Wushu Championships held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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The Baguio City native Rivera, a gold medal winner in Sanda World Cup, defeated Vietnamese Hoang Hong Tu in the in the finals.

World Wushu Championship 2011 and Sanda World Cup 2012 gold medal winner Jessie Aligaga of Iloilo settled for silver as he lost to Song Bu Er of China in the men’s 48-kg finals.

The trio of taijiquan Daniel Parantac, John Keithley Chan, both of Baguio City and Norlence Ardee Catolico of Bacolod City added another silver in the duilian category. They scored 9.62 points behind the Iranians’ 9.68 showing.

Newcomers Jean Claude Saclag of Baguio City (sanshou event 52kg) and Evita Elise Zamora of Davao City (sanshou 52kg event women’s) also bagged bronze medal each.

Overall, the Philippines went home with one gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

Rivera is the third Filipino to win two gold medals in the world championship. Taolu artist Samson Co, now the Wushu Federation of the Philippines Vice President started it in 1991 and 1993 with sanda fighter Rene Catalan duplicating his feat in 2003 and 2005.

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