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Philippine trio strikes gold in 16th World Wushu Championships in Texas, USA

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GOLDEN TRIO. The trio of Mark Ragay, Mark Polo, and Vincent Ventura wins the Philippines’ first gold medal in the 16th World Wushu Championships men’s Taolu group competition in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. WUSHU FEDERATION-PHILIPPINES

The trio of Mark Ragay, Mark Polo, and Vincent Ventura showcased exceptional skill late Monday night, November 20, 2023, securing Team Philippines its sole gold medal at the 16th World Wushu Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, in the men’s Taolu group competition.

In a spirited display, the Filipino contenders in the men’s Duilian event outshone Brunei’s Majdurano Joel Bin, Majallah Sain, and Abel Wee Yuen Lim, securing the gold medal. Spain’s Nestor Urzainqui Milla, Aidan Pose Martinez, and Victor de la Plaza Schineper secured the bronze.

Adding to the Philippines’ impressive medal collection, Jennifer Kilapio, Arnel Mandal, and Clemente Tabugara clinched a runner-up finish in the sanda competitions. Agatha Wong earlier secured a silver medal in women’s taijiquan. Russel Diaz contributed to the medal tally with a bronze in the men’s 48kg sanda.

Kilapio, in the women’s 48kg final, faced tough competition from Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Lan. Mandal contended in the men’s 52kg final against China’s Tang Sishuo, while Tabugara yielded to China’s Guo Wei in the men’s 65kg Sanda final.

The previous day saw Agatha Wong deliver Team Philippines’ first podium finish with a silver medal in the women’s taijiquan. Wong shared the same score as gold medalist Singapore’s Zeanne Zhue Ning, but Ning’s execution, with a higher level of difficulty, secured the top honors.

Despite promising performances, Xander Alipio and Carlos Baylon faced challenges. Alipio couldn’t advance following a quarterfinal loss in the men’s 60kg category, while Baylon encountered setbacks in the men’s 56kg class.

Additionally, there are indications that the Philippines may host the World Wushu Championships in 2027, following the withdrawal of another candidate. However, some details need to be finalized before the official announcement from the World Federation.

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