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Yeap Wai Kin goes airborne in the jianshu event at the World Wushu Championships in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. He had to settle for silver despite scoring the same points as Japan's Tomoyo Okawa on 9.63. - The STAR/ Shahrul Fazry Ismail
KUALA LUMPUR: Rookie exponent Yeap Wai Kin enjoyed a superb start to his World Wushu Championships campaign by grabbing silver in men’s jianshu (double-edged sword) at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras late on Saturday.
But it could have been a wonderful third gold medal for Malaysia.
The 20-year-old was the last exponent to perform on the floor with 34 others having gone through their routines earlier.
Japan’s Tomoyo Okawa was the leader on 9.63 points. Wai Kin thought he was to be declared the joint gold medallist after he was also awarded 9.63 points.
But after some deliberation, the jury decided to award the gold to the Japanese instead with Wai Kin having to settle for the silver.
The bronze went to Russian Soloviev Andrei, who chalked up 9.61 points.
Wai Kin, a double world junior champion from 2010, later accepted the outcome.
”We are evaluated on three different areas. I actually lost out to the Japanese as he had a better jump.
”He scored better for execution - the most important area,” he explained.
Penang-born Wai Kin said he was a bit unhappy but nevertheless satisfied with how he fared in his first event.
”I did not expect to become champion as this is only my first world championships.
”I’m happy with a medal,” added Wai Kin, who is motivated to look for more when he takes part in the men’s compulsory changquan today and also in duilian (dual event) on Tuesday.
Ng Say Yoke narrowly missed out on a second medal when he finished fourth in the men’s gunshu event.
Say Yoke clinched silver in changquan on Friday.
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