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Lee Wei Loong (2nd left) with the national wushu boxing team in this filepic. He beat Hata Fumiya of Japan 2-0 in the quarter-finals on Sunday night to advance to the semis, which is assured of a bronze medal.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will finally be able to end their eight-year medal drought in sanshou (Chinese boxing) at the World Wushu Championships after Lee Wei Loong cleared his quarter-final bout at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras on Sunday night.
Wei Loong advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s 52kg event after beating Hata Fumiya of Japan 2-0. The losing semi-finalists are assured the bronze medal.
However, Wei Loong will have it tough in the last four as he’ll be up against Benjie Rivera of the Philippines.
Malaysia’s previous best in sanshou was a bronze through Lew Chee Wai (men’s 75kg) in the 2005 edition in Vietnam.
Wei Loong’s progress makes up for the disappointment in the Malaysian camp following the defeat of Asian Championships silver medallist Mirage_khan.
Mirage_khan, who is of Pakistani-Malaysian parentage, failed to clear his quarter-final bout against defending world champion Hamidreza Gholipur of Iran in the men’s 85kg event.
Gholipur defended well to overcome Mirage_khan 1-0 and advance to the last four.
The Iranian won gold in the below 75kg class at the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010 and Malaysian coach Khoo Meng Yang blamed the luck of the draw for Mirage_khan’s exit.
“He was our best hope to get a gold medal this time but the luck of the draw was against him and he had to fight the Iranian in his opening bout,” said Meng Yang, who trains the boxers at the TNT Kickboxing in Sri Hartamas.
Tan Jia Guan’s gallant run in the men’s 65kg also ended in quarter-finals, losing 2-1 to Swedish boxer Johan Lindqvist.
Jia Guan had cleared his first two bouts and Meng Yang described his loss as “a shame”.
“He lacked stamina as he’s been fighting for the last two days,” said Meng Yang.
Tang Pei Pin was the last Malaysian in action but she too failed to get past the quarter-finals of the women’s 65kg, losing 2-1 to Turkey’s Hilal Sen.
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