Baguio boy nails Wushu gold in SEA Games 2014

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013


WITH hostilities formally kicking off in the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG), Baguio boy Daniel Parantac snatched a gold in wushu at the end of the events competition at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium A.

Parantac, a veteran of many SEAG, scored 9.68 in the taijijian (double-edged sword) to emerge with a total of 19.38 points and beat host Myanmar's Nyein Chan Ko Ko, who got 9.65 and a 19.33, for the gold in the two-event competition.

Parantac had earlier scored 9.70 and Nyein 9.68 in the taijiquan (slow, relaxed movements with powerful thrusts) last Saturday.

The gold medal will be Parantac’s highest finish in the biennial meet since 2007 after placing second in the same event two years ago in Indonesia.

The 23-year-old BS Education graduate made sure he will not have an injury after sustaining one on his knee the last time out for his gold medal performance.

Parantac earlier teamed up with another Baguio wushu player John Keithley Chan and Norlene Ardee Catolico to win the silver in the duilian for the country’s first medal three days before the formal start of the games.

The Baguio boy duo scored 9.62 points, finishing second to Myanmar’s Kyaw Zin Thit/Wai Phyo Aung (9.64).

In the women’s side, Natasha Enriquez and Baguio’s Kariza Kris Chan teamed up for the bronze in the women’s duilian a little later on jacking the sport’s total to the Philippine cause at three gold, as many silver and two bronze medals.

Garnering silvers were Divine Wally and Evita Elise Zamora in women’s sanda (sanshou) while Francisco Solis delivered the other bronze through the sanda.

Jessie Aligaga and Dembert Arcita claimed the Philippines’ first two gold medals in the sanda event.

Medal hopefuls Mark Eddiva and mix martial artists Eduard Folayang were not included in the Philippine contingent after their respective medal categories were recently scrapped by host Myanmar.

“We fill sorry because we were not able to join the SEA Games because our weight class was not included. Sayang nga yung medals na pwede naming icontribute sa bansa,” said Edivva.

Edivva is the reigning gold medalist in the 65 kg division while Folayang is suppose to defend the 70 kg division they both won in the 26th edition of the SEAG in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 11, 2013.

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