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PH wushu squad cops three medals in Turkey tilt

From the Manila Times March 25, 2014

by Emil C. Noguera

The national junior wushu team bagged two silver and one bronze medals. At the prestigious 5th World Junior Wushu Championships held at the Kepez Belediyesi, Kapali Spor Salonu, Antalya, Turkey.

Taolu specialists Hazel Dalisay and Faith Liana Andaya secured one silver each in the girls’ Group C category of the tournament which drew more than 500 athletes from some 80 countries.

*Please note that Group C does not degrade the quality of the field it merely designated the type of event. E.g. in Athletics Throws, Distance, Sprints. 

Faith Andaya of the Philippines silver medalist World Junior Wushu Champs

Faith Andaya of the Philippines silver medalist World Junior Wushu Champs

Dalisay wound up second in the qiangshu  (spear form) event dominated by Xin  Peng Isabelle Chua of Singapore. Andaya placed second in the jianshu (sword form) category behind gold medalist Qi Shou of China.

American Annie Lee Tang (qiangshu) and Pu Yang Lau of Hong Kong (jianshu) settled  for bronze.

Asian Junior Wushu Championship taolu (form) gold medalist Johnzenth Gajo added one bronze in the boys’ Group C changquan (long fist) class. Cheuk Hang Lao of Hong Kong topped the event followed by silver winner Taha Badae Gavarte of Iran.

*World Junior level medals are considered equivalent to senior medals at the next rung down which is the Asian Games. Its looking like Wushu may have more qualifiers for the next SEA Games. They had 100% medal return last SEA Games. All 9-10 of there athletes obtaining medals. Wushu won three golds. Its good to see emerging talents in this sport.

Johnzeth Gajo?

Johnzeth Gajo?

The other members of the team who failed to make it to the podium were Agatha Brystenzen Wong, Vanessa Jo Chan, Alieson Ken Omengan, Joel Casem, Christian Lapitan and Dave Dagala.

*Will also analyse the non medalists from the Philippines to see if they finished in the top six in there events. \

The official results are not available yet as the competition is in progress.

The Philippine Wushu Federation is gearing up for four more big tournaments The 2nd  Youth Olympic Games in August in Nanjing, China, the 2014  Asian Games in September in Incheon, South Korea, the 6th World Traditional Championship in October in China and the  1st World Taijiquan Championship in November also in China.

 

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