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Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 3:41:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 5:19:01 PM

Wushu: Mun Hua settles for bronze in nangun

Ho Mun Hua won his fourth SEA Games medal, a silver, in nangun (stick) on Dec 10, 2013.

Ho Mun Hua won his fourth SEA Games medal, a silver, in nangun (stick) on Dec 10, 2013.

NAYPYITAW: His reputation as a two-time world champion was torn to shreds as Ho Mun Hua had to settle for another lesser medal as the wushu competition concluded at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium on Tuesday.

Mun Hua put up a solid performance in men’s nangun (stick) but earned 9.67 points.

It was not enough to dislodge Myanmar’s Kyaw Soe, who scored 9.69 points, who in turn was overtaken later by Vietnam’s Pham Quoc Khanh, who chalked 9.70 points for the gold.

Having won three silver medals earlier, Mun Hua ended up winning the most medals among the 14-member strong Malaysian wushu squad.

Mun Hua completes his third SEA Games appearance still looking for his first SEA Games gold medal.

Questionable judging saw Mun Hua miss out on the nanquan title by 0.2 of a point and nandao by 0.1

of a point to Aung Wai Phyo.

He earned his first silver in duilian, partnering Wong Weng Son and Lee Yang on Sunday.

“It would have been a big lie if I said I am not disappointed. Of course I am upset with the results having performed so well and yet not getting what I deserve,” said Mun Hua, who claimed the nanquan world title in Toronto in 2009 before reclaiming it in Kuala Lumpur last month.

“But I have to admit that today the Vietnam and Myanmar exponents deserved their medals.

“They were better in nangun. I can only say I have given my best,” said Mun Hua, who will now set his sights on bouncing back at the Asian Games in Incheon next year.

“I have never competed at the Asian Games stage and that is my next goal.

“I want to fight to earn a place in the team,” said the determined 24-year-old from Malacca.

The Malaysian team placed third in the overall standings for wushu with 3-5-6 behind Vietnam (5-3-2) and hosts Myanmar (6-6-6).

The gold medals all came from the girls with Diana Bong Siong Lin delivering the first from nanquan on Saturday before Tai Cheau Xuen’s turn in nandao the following day.

Phoon Eyin produced a surprise in qiangshu on Monday, which turned out to be the historical 1,000th gold medal for Malaysia in SEA Games history.  

Tags / Keywords: wushu, SEA Games, Ho Mun Hua, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Myanmar

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