Tai chi master Daniel Parantac reign supreme in a pool of 8 wushu artists and won the gold medal in the Men’s Taijiquan + Taijijian event in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium A, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
2011 world champion Parantac led the pool of athletes after the Taijiquan event last Saturday with 9.7 points, coming in today for the Taijijian event. He again topped the Tijijian event today with a score of 9.68 to win the gold medal with total score of 19.38 points.
Winning the silver medal is Myanmar’s Nyein Chan Ko Ko with total poitns of 19.33, and Tze Yuan Lee of Singapore launched a come-back at the Taijijian event and bagged the the bronze with a total points of 19.30.
Parantac’s gold medal is Philippines third in this year’s SEA Games. His win is also a redemption of his performance this year at the 12th World Wushu Championship in Malaysia where Malaysia’n Loh Jack Chang upset him for the bronze medal in the taijijian event.
Parantac is the first bemedalled athlete in this SEA Games, having won two medals. One gold for today and a silver last Saturday in Men’s Dulian event.
Adding more medals for Philippine today are the women’s duo of Kariza Kris Chan and Natasha Enriquez who placed third in the women’s Duilian (1) Barehand wushu event. The duo also won the bronze medal of the same event in the 2011 SEA Games.
Also, Pinoy paddler Hermie Macaranas added another bronze today, after he placed third in the men’s C1 1000m Canoeing event.
As of twelve noon, Philippines still ranks 6th with 3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze. Myanmar extends their lead as they top the medal tally with 16 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze, followed by new second placer Vietnam with 7 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze medals.
Wrestler Jason Balabal is still yet to see action this afternoon, and will vie for the gold medal in the Greco-Roman 84kg at 5:00pm Myanmar time (6.30pm Manila time).