World champion Benjie Rivera used his fist and arm to beat Vietnam’s Hoang Hong Tu to win Philippines’ lone gold in the recently concluded 12th Wushu World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Stamping his class in the 52kg category, Rivera beat Malaysia’s Lee Wei Wong in the semifinal round to clinch a shot for the gold against Hoang Hong Tu.
“It was like in 2005. I am very comfortable with my weight and as if I did not grow older,” said Baguio native Rivera who only settled for bronze when he moved up to 55kg category in his previous world championships stints, prior to winning his first gold in 2005 world wushu championships.
In men’s 48kg category, defending champion Jessie Aligaga bowed down to China’s Song Bu Er to settle only for silver.
a gold medalist in the 2011 World Wushu Championship and last year’s champion in the Sanda World Cup, yielded his crown to Song Bu Er of China.
“I am greatly disappointed. There should have been a deciding third round if not for the bad calls of the Vietnamese platform judge, the same one who made bad calls against me in last year’s Asian Wushu Championship finals bout with another Chinese,” rued Aligaga.
The trio of Daniel Parantac, John Keithley Chan and Norlence Ardee Catolico fell short duilian event and settled for the silver medal finish with 9.62 points. Iran’s trio scored 9.68 points to clinch the gold.
Newcomers Jean Claude Saclag of Baguio and Evita Elise Zamora of Davao City each bagged a bronze.
“I am happy with the performance of the team, especially so it achieved the milestone we have been looking forward to. It is with pride that I announce the WFP has gotten its 100th gold medal in major international competitions. Fourteen of these gold medals were won in the World Wushu Championships since 1991,” said Wushu Federation Philippines president Tan She Ling.
Team Philippines sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission and supported by the Philippine Olympic Committee wound up with 1 gold, 2 silvers and 3 bronzes harvest.