Du­maan: a re­silient gold medal­ist in pen­cak silat

Business World - - WORLD SPORTS - Michael Angelo S. Murillo

JUST as Team Philip­pines started the process of re­al­iza­tion of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing one of the tougher cam­paigns it has had in the South­east Asian (SEA) Games, the sport of pen­cak silat in­fused some form of cheer af­ter it fi­nally ended a decade of gold medal drought care of a re­silient ath­lete in Dines Du­maan.

Com­peted in the men’s tand­ing pu­tra class A 45- 50 kg. cat­e­gory, the Capiz na­tive Du­maan, com­pet­ing in his first SEA Games, cap­tured the gold medal by de­feat­ing Fir­man of In­done­sia, 4-1, in the gold-medal match held at the Kuala Lumpur Con­ven­tion Cen­ter last Tues­day.

It was a prod­uct of not giv­ing up, Mr. Du­maan said, as he en­dured reel­ing from a solid hit by his op­po­nent be­fore tak­ing Fir­man down thrice on his way to hack­ing out the gold medal­win­ning vic­tory.

“I got dizzy when I got hit. I re­ally had no idea if I can con­tinue fight­ing,” said Mr. Du­maan, who got his shot at rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try in the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia af­ter claim­ing the bronze medal in the 5th Asian Beach Games and fourth place in the 17th World Pen­cak Silat Cham­pi­onship last year, af­ter his vic­tory.

“But I didn’t lose hope. I don’t want to quit and lose the chance of win­ning the gold medal for the coun­try,” he added.

Mr. Du­maan’s gold medal was the first in the sport for the coun­try since 2005 in the Games held here in the Philip­pines where Earl Buen­vi­aje took gold in it.

Loosely de­scribed as the mar­tial arts forms prac­ticed through­out the Malay Ar­chi­pel­ago, “silat” is tra­di­tion­ally prac­ticed in Malaysia es­pe­cially, South­ern Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore, Viet­nam, Brunei, Philip­pines and In­done­sia. Silat is a com­bat­ive form of the Malay fight­ing arts. It can be di­vided into two main cat­e­gories which are “Silat Seni” ( Artistry event) and “Tand­ing” (Match event).

Mean­while, the Philip­pines was to wrap up its cam­paign in the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day, fall­ing way short of its goal of win­ning at least 50 gold medals out of 37 sports events it fielded ath­letes in. It cur­rently has 24 gold, 33 sil­ver and 64 bronze medals, good for sixth place in the 11-coun­try field.

As of this writ­ing, Filipino speed skater Kathryn Magno is the lone ath­lete left to com­pete. —

DINES DU­MAAN of the Philip­pines af­ter win­ning the gold medal in the men’s tand­ing pu­tra class A 45-50 kg. di­vi­sion of the 29th South­east Asian Games pen­cak silat com­pe­ti­tion Tues­day at the Kuala Lumpur Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

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