DANCESPORT provided the lone gold medal for the Philippines in the just-concluded Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Incheon, Korea.
Gerald Jamili and Cherry Clarice Parcon captured the gold in the Latin jive event to galvage a measure of pride for the Filipinos’ campaign in the multi-sport event.
The Jamili-Parcon pair also accounted for one of two bronze medals the country brought home after finishing third in the Latin five dances.
Former world champion Rubilen Amit won the other bronze medal in the women’s billiards 10-ball singles.
Jamili and Parcon took the gold after tallying 42.15 points to beat Sejin Jang and Haein Lee of Korea, and Yumiya Kubota and Rara Kubota of Japan.
Jamili and Parcon were tied with the Korean and Japanese pairs in the first round to qualify to the finals.
The Filipino pair settled for the bronze in the Latin five dances behind China’s Hou Yao and Zhuang Ting, and Kazakhstan’s Maxim Antipin and Veronika Popova, who took the gold and silver, respectively.
Amit lost to Youram Cha, 3-7, in the semis to settle for the bronze.
Amit won over Tan Ho Yun of Chinese Taipei, 7-3, in the first round, and then blanked Indira Thamme Gowda of Independent Olympic Athletes, 7-0.
Amit later beat Fathrah Masum of Indonesia, 7-3, to advance into the semifinals.