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SEA Games: Injury hampers Parantac's drive for wushu gold

by August 22, 2017 General

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Daniel Parantac’s disappointing campaign in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games came to a close on Tuesday morning, as he finished in seventh place in the men’s taijiquan event at KLCC Hall 5 here.

Parantac won silver in the same event two years ago in Singapore. He also failed to defend his crown in men’s taijijian, missing the podium entirely after winning gold in 2015.

According to Philippine wushu coach Ching Chi Choy, two major errors in difficulty and balance doomed Parantac in the taijiquan event, which was eventually won by Malaysia’s Loh Jack Chang with a score of 9.66

Parantac managed only a 9.10.

“A total of at least 0.5 (ang deduction),” said Choy. “Supposed to be, kung hindi na-deduct ‘yan, 9.6 at least. Then, may influence din ‘yan sa execution points niya and performance points niya.”

“So, kung na-perfect niya, at least 9.65 points pataas,” he added.

But a “perfect” run, which Parantac managed to do in Singapore, failed to materialize in Kuala Lumpur. His coach said the reason is a nagging right knee injury that prevented the 27-year-old athlete from Baguio from practicing for a year.

“Kung mapapansin mo, lahat ng landing, nasa right leg,” Choy explained. “So hirap talaga para sa kanya.”

It remains to be seen if Parantac’s subpar performance in Kuala Lumpur spelled the end of his wushu career.

“It depends sa knee situation niya,” said Choy. “Hindi pa siya 100% recovered. It depends on the recovery.”

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