INCHEON, South Korea: Wushu continued to deliver for Team Philippines in the 2014 Asian Games as it bagged another silver in the sanda [wushu contact fighting]competitions at the Ganghwa Dolmens Gymnasium here.
Jean Claude Saclag earned a silver medal in the men’s-60-kilogram to improve the country’s medal haul to two silvers and one bronze. Daniel Parantac claimed the first silver in the men’s taolu taijiquan [empty hand form]event while Francisco Solis added a bronze in the men’s sanda -56-kg. category.
Saclag settled for the runner-up honors as he succumbed to Chinese Kong Hong Xing in the finals via a 0-2 decision.
“We’re still optimistic of our chances [of getting gold medals]here. Our aim is to surpass our performance in the previous edition,” said Chief of Mission Ricardo Garcia referring to the country’s three-gold, four-silver, nine-bronze in 2010 held in Guangzhou, China.
In basketball, Smart Gilas Pilipinas resumes its gold-medal bid today, facing the reigning International Basketball Federation Asia Championship titlist Iran at the Hwaseong Sports Complex.
The Philippines and Iran will be disputing the top seeding in Group E at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. in Manila). Both teams hold a 1-0 mark while India has 0-2 card. The Filipinos posted an 85-76 win over India in the opening day.
“We need to get those outside shots and good defense against Iran. Our team is a very short team, we’ll just rely on adjustments, preparations for our next game,” said Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes, who will be banking on naturalized player Marcus Douthit, Gary David, Jeff Chan, LA Tenorio and Jimmy Alapag.
Douthit and Chan scored 14 each while David had 13 and Fajardo contributed 12.
All eyes will be on Hamed Haddadi and Samad Nikkhah Bahrami–Iran’s two top scorers. Haddadi and Bahrami scored 16 points each in their 76-41 demolition of India on Wednesday.
Myanmar Southeast Asian Games champion Mario Fernandez, meanwhile, got off to a hot start in boxing competitions by toppling Donchai Thathi of Thailand, 3-0 (29-28, 29-28, 30-27), in the first round of the men’s bantamweight.
Fernandez shoots for a spot in the quarterfinals as he goes up against Puran Rai of Nepal on Friday.
In tennis, Patrick John Tierro overpowered Marco Leung Ho Tin of Macau, 6-2, 6-1, to advance to the second round of the men’s singles. He arranged a showdown with sixth seed Chung Hyeon of South Korea, who earned an opening-round bye.
Filipino-American Denise Dy, however, bowed to Misa Eguchi of Japan, 3-6, 0-6, in the first round of the women’s singles.
In rowing, the pair of Edgar Ilas and Nestor Cordova ended up sixth in the men’s lightweight double sculls with a time of 7:36.03. Japan’s Takahiro Suda and Hideki Omoto took the gold in 7:00.57 while Chow Kwong Wing and Tang Chiu Mang of Hong Kong (7:05.69) and Dong Tianfeng and Kong Deming of China (7:10.70) wound up second and third, respectively.
Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi got a new Philippine record of 2:02.84 in the women’s 200m freestyle. She broke her old 2:03.13 national mark registered in July at the Western Sectional Meet in Oregon, US.
But wasn’t good enough to reach the eight-swimmer finals. She finished ninth overall.
Fellow swimmers Joshua Hall (12th in men’s 100m breaststroke, 1:03.26) and Jessie Khing Lacuna (13th in men’s 100m Butterfly, 55.18) also failed to reach the finals in their events.