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SEA Games: Parantac dethroned in wushu

by August 20, 2017 General
Daniel Parantac of the Philippines competes in the men’s optional taijian finals Sunday at the KLCC Hall 5 in Kuala Lumpur. Pool photo

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Day 1 of the wushu competitions in the 29th Southeast Asian Games proved quite disappointing for Team Philippines as they failed to produce a single gold at the KLCC Hall 5 on Sunday.

Prized wushu artist Daniel Parantac faded into oblivion, committing a major blunder that cost him the gold – and probably his career – in the men’s taijin event.

A two-time SEA Games gold medalist, Parantac had a heart-breaking performance that netted him only 9.56 points. He finished outside the podium, behind Jack Chang Loh of Singapore (9.67 points), Bobie Valentinus Gunawan of Indonesia (9.65 points) and Jun Kai Chan of Singapore (9.62 points).

Parantac’s coach, Samson Co, said it was supposed to be an easy ride to the gold medal for the wushu artist, but he committed a grave blunder in the first stretch of his performance that cost him precious points.

“His overall performance was very good, but he had difficulty in his landing in the first part that prompted the judges to deduct points from his total score,” said Co, speaking on behalf of Parantac who had his face buried on a towel after that sorry defeat.

“Had those points were not deducted, he could have surpass the 9.67 points by the gold-medal winner. Sayang. I think there’s also pressure on his part because he really wants to win his third (SEA Games) gold medal.”

Parantac refused to issue any statement, but remains firm on the possibility of formally shutting down his colorful career that was laced with two SEA Games golds, a silver in Incheon Asian Games and bronze medals in two World Wushu Championships. 

He still has a chance to redeem himself in the compulsory taiquan event on Tuesday.

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