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Published: Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 7:39:00 PM
Updated: Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 11:41:38 PM

Wong went through 'hell' and delivered gold (updated)

Bodybuilder Wong Hong celebrates after getting his gold medal for the 90kg category.

Bodybuilder Wong Hong celebrates after getting his gold medal for the 90kg category.

YANGON: The sacrifices made by Wong Hong in order to fulfil his dream of representing the country in the SEA Games did not go to waste as he won the bodybuilding 90kg light heavyweight category gold medal at the Myanmar Convention Centre on Sunday.

The 43-year-old, who missed previous opportunities to compete in multi-sports events for Malaysia as he was residing in New York until 2009, had to shed 10kg in order to be eligible to compete in the 90kg category.

"I am extremely happy to have achieved my dream of contributing a gold medal to all Malaysians. I am the first Malaysian ever to deliver a gold medal in the light heavyweight category in the SEA Games," said Wong Hong. 

"Usually, I only prepare three months for a competition. But I had to go through six months of hell for the SEA Games because my usual 100kg heavyweight category is not contested in Myanmar. All the pain I went through to lose weight has been worth it with this victory."

Wong Hong, the Mr. Universe heavyweight champion in 2011, beat out home crowd favourite Aung Swe Naing, who settled for the silver, with Thailand's Panupong Prateep taking the bronze.

"I can only think of my mother Ng Hee Leong at this moment. She did not stand in my way when I got involved in bodybuilding when I was young. She said that as long as I was not involved in illegal activities, I can pursue whatever I was interested in.

"This win is not just my own, but belongs to the entire Malaysian bodybuilding squad, who were supportive of me from the moment I was selected to compete in Myanmar," added the Malaysian, who trains young bodybuilders at his own gym in Kuala Lumpur. 

Malaysia had seemed to be returning empty handed from the bodybuilding competition in Yangon before Wong Hong's heroics in the final event of the sport.

In the 80kg held earlier, Malaysian Buda Anchah could only finish in fourth spot. Myanmar's Min Zaw Oo won the gold, with Thailand's Khuntal Phuangphet taking silver and Indonesia's Komara Dhita Jana settling for the bronze.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Yangon, Naypyitaw, bodybuilding

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