Wushu athlete bags another gold for Philippines

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Wushu artist Daniel Parantac added one more gold medal for the Philippines as he ruled the men’s taijijian [taiji sword form]and taijiquan [taiji empty hand form]in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games wushu competitions on Tuesday at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium A in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.

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The 23-year-old Parantac scored 19.38 points on 9.68 in taijijian and 9.70 in taijiquan to beat silver medalist Nyein Chan Ko Ko of Myanmar, who registered 19.33 on 9.65 in taijijian and 9.68 in taijiquan.

“Finally, I got the win. In jump, I’ll rate myself at 8 but in performance, 10,” said Parantac.

It was Parantac’s second medal after steering the men’s team to a silver-medal finish in duilian. Other members of the duilian team are John Keithley Chan and Norlene Ardee Catolico.

Natasha Enriquez and Kariza Kris Chan chipped in one bronze in the women’s duilian [dual event].

Overall, the wushu team has three golds, three silvers and two bronzes.

Jessie Aligaga (men’s 48-kilogram sanda event) and Dembert Arcita (men’s 52-kilogram sanda event) copped the first two gold medals while Divine Wally (women’s 48 kgs.) and Evita Zamora (women’s 52 kgs.) got one silver each.

In canoe-kayak, Hermie Macaranas checked in at four minutes and 30.78 seconds to secure the bronze medal in the men’s C1 1000-meter event. Win Htike of Myanmar (4:15.95) took the bronze while Spens Stuber Mehue of Indonesia (4:21.43) grabbed the silver.

In women’s basketball, Perlas ng Pilipinas absorbed its first loss at the hands of the defending champions Thais, 37-75. The Filipinas dropped to 1-1 mark. They will face Indonesia on December 15.

The Philippines continued its impressive run in the men’s basketball event as it routed Cambodia, 107-55, for its second win.

Far Eastern University standout Mark Belo had 17 points and six rebounds while Ronald Pascual scored 16, Garvo Lanete contributed 12 and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. added 11.

The Filipino cagers will next face Myanmar on December 12.

The Philippines (as of 3:30 p.m.) has so far earned three golds, four silvers and three bronzes for sixth place. Host Myanmar is still leading with 16-6-7 followed by Vietnam (7-3-6), Thailand (4-6-2), Indonesia (3-7-7) and Malaysia (3-5-11).

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