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by lim teik huat
Diana Bong (left) won silver in nangun and Chai Fong Wei bronze in daoshu on Monday to bring Malaysia's medal tally at the World Wushu Championships to four golds, five silvers and four bronzes. - The STAR
KUALA LUMPUR: Diana Bong is certainly enjoying her fourth World Wushu Championships outing at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras.
On Monday, she became the first Malaysian double medal winner.
The 28-year-old from Sarawak claimed her second medal with a silver in women’s nangun (stick) with 9.58 points.
The pint-sized Diana, who only stands at 1.49m, was on top of the world on Saturday after claiming her maiden gold medal in nandao (southern broadsword).
But, on Monday, she missed out narrowly on her second gold to Japan’s Misaki Saka by a mere 0.02 points.
Misaki scored 9.60 points while Taiwan’s Lin Chih-yu took bronze with 9.56 points.
Still, Diana has every reason to be grinning from ear-to-ear after enjoying her best outing ever in the world meet.
“I could not be more delighted ... a gold and a silver – and with one more event to go,” said Diana, who will return to the floor to compete in duilian (dual event) on Tuesday.
“I used to bring back a couple of medals ... usually silver and bronze but never a gold.
“With the collection I have now, it’s already the best world meet I’ve competed in so far.
“Hopefully, I will end the final day tomorrow (Tuesday) with another medal,” added Diana, who incidentally is the Asian Championships title-holder in nangun.
In the previous world meets, Diana won a silver and a bronze in Ankara (2011), a bronze in Toronto (2009) and a silver in Beijing (2007).
Chai Fong Wei also contributed a bronze in women’s daoshu (swordplay) as Malaysia took their total medal tally to 4-5-4 on the penultimate day of competition.
Fong Wei amassed 9.61 points to finish behind Geng Xiao Ling (9.63) of Hong Kong and Vietnam’s Hoang Thi Phuong Giang (9.62) in a closely-contested battle.
Lee Wei Loong’s hopes of advancing further in the men’s 52kg sanshou (boxing) event ended when he fell 0-2 to former world champion Benjie Rivera of Philippines in the semi-finals.
He will get a bronze on Tuesday as both losing semi-finalists are assured of the bronze medal.
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