Tuesday, September 27

Sarawak eyes two more golds to finish overall wushu champion

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Elvic Bong (left) with teammates show their medals after the prize presentation ceremony. Bong show great promise to win the men’s jianshu bronze medal on the second day of wushu competition yesterday. — Photo by Harry Ilias

KANGAR: Sarawak’s wushu team celebrated their Duan Wu Jie (Rice Dumpling Festival) yesterday by winning two more gold, two silver and two bronze medals on the second day of competition at Dewan Rakan Sukan, Perlis Sports Complex.

Seven more golds are up for grabs in the final day of wushu competition and if Sarawak could grab two more golds, they are assured of finishing as the overall champions again.

Liew Lik Kee won his second gold medal in Sukma XVII with a splendid display in the men’s nandao to score 9.64 points

Only 0.02 points behind the champion was Liew’s teammate Andy Chan Song Cong while Melaka’s representative Eric Lofstedt was third with 9.53 points.

Last Sunday, Lik Kee topped the podium with 9.58 points in the men’s nanquan to finish ahead of Chai Chwan Hau of Melaka (9.56) and another Sarawak exponent Andy Chan (9.54).

In the women’s taijijian, national back-up exponent Audrey Chan Yee Jo, who is making her second Sukma appearance, wowed the judges with her excellent performance to score 9.54 points for the gold.

Her nearest rival and national exponent from Negeri Sembilan committed some errors to finish in second spot with 9.53 points while Melaka’s Sydney Chin Sy Xuan was third on 9.50 points.

This gold is Audrey Chan’s second medal in the meet, having won the silver in the women’s taijiquan last Sunday, losing with the narrowest of margin 0.01 to the gold medallist from Pulau Pinang Chan Lu Yi, a member of the national squad.

Yesterday, Amelia Su Leh Wern, who won the women’s changquan gold with the score of 9.57 points, finished second in the women’s daoshu with 9.42 points.

The gold was captured by national exponent Loh Ying Ting of Melaka with 9.59 points while the bronze went to Tan Chew Yung of Kedah with 9.41 points.

Sukma debutant Clement Ting Su Wei clinched the bronze in the men’s daoshu after scoring 9.49 points, finishing after gold medallist Yap Zheng Yan of Johor (9.64) and silver medallist Tan Cheong Wan of Melaka (9.49).

Another exponent making his debut appearance in Sukma Elvic Bong Qian Zheng from Kuching also put on an impressive display, outperforming his older opponents to win the silver in the men’s jianshu by scoring 9.50 points.

The gold and silver were won by Yeap Wai Kin of Pulau Pinang who scored 9.66 points and Wong Kok Kei from Perak with 9.54 points respectively.

Meanwhile, Audrey Chan was very happy with her performance, saying that she had achieved her target of landing a gold medal in this 17th edition of Sukma.

The 17-year old student of Bukit Jalil Sports School won the bronze in the women’s taijiquan in Pahang Sukma two years ago.

“I will be competing at the World Taiji Championship in Chengdu, China in early November this year and I am hoping to do well there,” said Audrey who now trains under national coach Yoong Dong Foong.

Her mentor and former coach Ling Ung Hee, one of the wushu coaches for Sukma XVII, felt happy for Audrey’s achievement.

“I am really amazed by the great improvement she had made after training with the national squad for four months,” said the Sarawak State Sports Council Centre of Excellence for Wushu, Kuching coach.

“For being able to beat Pang who has been in the national squad for a few years is an impressive result. I believe she can go further with continuous training and hard work,” she said.

Audrey was coached by Ling since she was six years old and her brother Andy Chan is also a former student of Ling.

“The younger exponents have gained valuable experience and getting them to compete in this Sukma is one of the early preparations for Sukma 2016 in Sarawak,” she added.

The other part of the preparations is to continue the systematic development of the potential exponents and training of the elite and backup exponents.

Wushu Federation of Sarawak deputy president was another happy man, saying that the Sarawak wushu team had already achieved their conservative two-gold target and winning more than that will be a big bonus.

“I am expecting our exponents to win more golds tomorrow to maintain our status as the wushu powershouse and defending the overall champion title,” he said.

Sarawak opened their campaign last Sunday with two golds, two silvers and one bronze and their current medal haul is four golds, four silvers which puts them in pole position in the overall medal tally rankings.