Veteran wushu artist Daniel Parantac bagged Philippines’ first medal as he won the bronze medal in taijiquan on Monday at the on-going 12th World Wushu Championships in Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia.
Parantac garnered 9.64 points to place 3rd to China’s Yunlong Chai who won the gold medal with a total of 9.70 points, and Malaysia’s Lee Yang who posted 9.69 points to win the silver.
In taijijian event, where he won the bronze medal in the last championship in 2011, Parantac failed a podium finish by a mere 0.02 point to Malaysia’s Loh Jack Chang who won the bronze medal.
“I gave it all. When I was running second to the gold medalist Iao Chon In of Macau, there were tense moments. The favorite Chang of Malaysian and Kim Dong Yeong of Korean, who won the silver medal in the taijijian, have yet to perform,” said Parantac.
“It was while Chang overtook me, that Dong Yeong fell short (by slimmest of margins, .01),” Parantac added.
Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP) secretary general Julian Camacho said that Parantac’s performance will hopefully motivate our sanda athletes to replicate and even surpass the two gold medals Philippines won in 2011 world championship.
Reigning 48kg category world champion, Jessie Aligaga, as well as Jean Claude Saclag, Evita Elise Zamora and Benjie Rivera all advanced to the semifinal round, where they are already assured of a medal.
To vie for a place in the finals, Aligaga faces W.L. Gunasekara of Sri Lanka, whom he beat in the 2011 edition of the meet en route to winning the gold.
Saclag takes on Vietnamese Ban Van Trong, Zamora battles Elaheh Mansoryan Samiroumi of Iran, and Rivera meets Lee Wei Long of Malaysia.