VETERAN internationalist Daniel Parantac settled for the bronze in taijiquan to give the Philippines its first medal in the 12th World Wushu Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Parantac chalked up 9.64 points in the event (predominantly slow, relaxed movements marked by powerful thrusts), which Yunlong Chai of China ruled with a total of 9.70 points.
Malaysian Lee Yang posted 9.69 to garner the silver.
The bronze medal feat somehow made up for the failure of Parantac, a native of Baguio City, to duplicate his previous bronze medal finish in taijijian (tai chi sword) when a Malaysian edged him out of a podium finish by a mere .02 point.
“I gave it all. When I was running second to the Chinese, there were tense moments. The favorite Malaysian and the Korean, who won the silver medal in the taijijian, have yet to perform.
“It was while the Malaysian overtook me, that the Korean fell short (by slimmest of margins, .01), said Parantac.
Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP) secretary general Julian Camacho said the bronze medal feat of Daniel would hopefully, “spur our sanda athletes to replicate the two gold-medal output we had in 2011.”
Jessie Aligaga, the reigning world champion in the 48kg category, towed three other Filipinos to the semifinals, namely Benjie Rivera, Jean Claude Saclag, and Evita Elise Zamora. All them are now assured of a medal.
Aligaga beat Chan Hau Wing of Hongkong in their quarterfinals showdown, while Rivera, a world bronze medalist two years ago while campaigning at 56 kg., needed only two rounds to dispose of Afghanistan’s Mohammad Ramin Naemi as she now fights in the lower category.
Zamora meanwhile, defeated Chao Ho Yee also of Hong Kong.
Saclag’s bout with Armenian Karapet Tevosyan went the distance as the Filipino faltered in the second round.
In the semifinals, Aligaga will face Sri Lankan W.L. Gunasekara, whom he beat in the 2011 edition of the meet en route to bagging the gold.
Rivera takes on Malaysian Lee Wei Loong, Saclag battles, Ban Van Trong of Vietnam, and Zamora meets Elaheh Mansoryan Samiroumi of Iran.