Wushu young stars win in international tilt

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012


WUSHU’S rising stars Faith Leana Andaya and Alieson Ken Omengan snatched silver medals in their respective events at the close of the 4th World junior Wushu championship held at SEAC Multi-Sports Pavilion in Macau recently.

Andaya stole the silver in the straight sword, while Omengan snatched the silver in the nanquan event in the Olympics of Wushu participated by more than 30 countries all over the world sanctioned by the by International Wushu Federation.

The Philippine Sports Commission bankrolled the participation of the 10 athletes headed by Philippine Wushu Federation president Tan She Ling and handled by Chinese coaches Tong Qing and Liu Yu Zhen.

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Both Andaya and Omengan are from Baguio who comprised bulk of the participants and were joined by Vanessa Jo Chan, Zereena Redge Dumseng, Joel Casim, and Christian Nicolas Lapitan as part of the Phl junior wushu team.

Earlier, four wushu artists grabbed four silver and three bronze medals, good enough to finish sixth overall in the 2012 Asian Wushu Championship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Former world junior champion John Keithley Chan, Engelbert Adongan and Eleazar Jacob claimed their respective silver medals in the taolu event, while 2011 World Wushu Championships titlist Jessie Aligaga added one more silver in the sanda category.

Chan, Adongan and Jacob also hail from Baguio City.

Amado Benito Jr., Francisco Solis and World Championships silver winner Mary Jane Estimar, on the other hand, contributed one bronze medal each in the sanda class.

More than 350 athletes from 22 countries have competed in the tournament sanctioned by the World Wushu Federation and Asian Wushu Federation.

As expected, powerhouse China dominated the tournament with 20 gold and one silver medals followed by Iran with six golds, four silvers and three bronzes, Vietnam with three golds, 11 silvers and five bronzes, Malaysia with one gold, seven silvers and three bronzes, and Brunei Darussalam with one gold.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 27, 2012.

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