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Published: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 12:05:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 5:44:01 PM

Two golds from karate at SEA Games (updated)

Lim Chee Wei won karate's first gold for Malaysia via the men's individual kata event.

Lim Chee Wei won karate's first gold for Malaysia via the men's individual kata event.

NAYPYITAW: Lim Chee Wei, who comes from a poor family, has endured personal hardships to emerge victorious after winning two gold medals on the first day of the karate competition at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium on Friday.

Chee Wei put on a superb performance in the kata event to win two gold medals in the men’s individual and team events.

It has been a fantastic week for the Penangite as just last week he bagged two bronze medals in the kata individual and team events at the Asian championships in Dubai,

Only six exponents took part in the kata individual event at the SEA Games and Chee Wei managed to beat all three of his opponents with the identical score of 5-0 to clinch the gold.

He faced Le Xuan Hung of Vietnam in the quarter-finals and won 5-0.

It was the same against Vongphachan Amkha of Laos in the semi-finals and in the final he shocked Myanmar exponent Min Hein Khant again with the same score.

Four hours later, he featured in the kata team event with Leong Tze Wai and Emmanuel Leong Theng Keong to beat Myanmar’s trio of Min Hein Khant, Ko Kyaw Kyaw and Aung Song Mie 4-1 in the final.

Only five teams featured in the team event and Malaysia beat Indonesia 5-0 in the quarter-finals and in the semi-finals they also registered the same score to beat Laos.

The 22-year-old Chee Wei was delighted to win his first two gold medals at the SEA Games.

“It was my best ever performance in the kata event in a competition. And I dedicate the medals to my parents (Lim Eng Hua and Ong Sang Moy).

“I come from a poor family as my dad works as a parking attendant at Jalan Gurney and earns RM700 while my mum babysits and gets RM350,” said Chee Wei, who has two siblings.

“My brother Chee Keong, who is working, helps my parents financially.

“I will give them the incentives for winning two gold medals to help lessen their financial burden,” said Chee Wei, who is pursuing a degree in English at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

“I was hoping to do better than the Palembang Games two years ago but I never expected to win two gold medals. It is the best day of my life.

“I was feeling a bit nervous in the final against my Myanmar opponent as the crowd cheered for him.

“But I kept my cool and just told myself to ignore the crowd and give my best. I was surprised when I was awarded full points in the final,” said Chee Wei.

In the women’s individual kata event, Malaysia’s Celine Lee had a disappointing outing, finishing empty-handed.

She received a bye in the quarter-finals but lost 4-1 to Vietnam’s Nguyen Hoang Ngan in the semi-finals.

In the repecharge, Celine also lost 4-1 to Myanmar’s Mai Oliver Yin Wah.

Hoang Ngan defeated Indonesia’s Yulianti Syafrudin of Indonesia 5-0 in the final.

However, the Malaysian trio of Celine, Zoey Wong Jia Rou and Khaw Yee Voon, who received a bye in the quarter-finals, won the bronze after losing to Vietnam 5-0 in the semi-finals.


Tags / Keywords: karate, SEA Games, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Lim Chee Wei, Malaysia

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