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Ho Mun Hua earned 9.63 points to win the gold in the men’s nanquan (barehands southern style) event in the World Wushu Championships.
KUALA LUMPUR: There was joy for Malaysia as Ho Mun Hua put up a faultless display to nail the first gold on the opening day of the World Wushu Championships at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Association Hall on Friday.
It was his second world title in men’s nanquan (barehands southern style) following his success in Toronto, Canada, four years ago.
Mun Hua, 24, impressed the judges with his graceful yet powerful movements, earning 9.63 points for the title followed by Japan’s Koki Nakata (9.60) and Iran’s Farshad Arabi (9.59).
The Malacca-born exponent hopes the win will inspire him in the Myanmar SEA Games next month.
“I have won two world titles but have yet to finish on the podium at the SEA Games. I am determined to get it right in Myanmar,” said Mun Hua.
On Friday's performance, Mun Hua, a member of the national squad for the last six years, said he did just enough to win the gold.
“I kept my focus and did my best. It was a tough competition but I was confident of winning,” he added.
Compatriots Ng Say Yoke and Loh Jack Chang bagged a silver and a bronze respectively.
Say Yoke was inspired by the presence of his parents and the Kedah-born posted 9.66 points for second place in the men’s changquan event behind China's gold medallist Xi Wang (9.72). South Korea’s Jo Kye-yong finished third with 9.64.
The biennial world meet runs until Nov 5.
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