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Published: Thursday January 30, 2014 MYT 7:14:00 PM
Updated: Thursday January 30, 2014 MYT 7:15:44 PM

Hoping for greater achievements in Year of the Horse

KUALA LUMPUR: Seeking fortune from the Year of the Horse, athletes of Chinese descent are hoping for a strong and robust year ahead.

National wushu exponent Diana Bong hopes the year will boost her performance when she goes to the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in September.

“If possible, I don’t want to repeat the mistakes I made at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, which deprived me of a medal. I dare not set a high target but I will give my best,” she said on the eve of Chinese New Year.

Asked about her New Year celebrations, the Kuching-born 28-year-old said it would be a moderate affair.

“I did not buy new clothes this year as last year’s clothes are still good. What is more important is to be with my family,” she said.

The bronze medallist at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha said she would continue with her training after the New Year holidays.

Echoing her sentiments, hammer thrower Jackie Wong hopes the Year of the Horse will boost his spirit to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in July.

The SEA Games bronze medallist said this is the year to learn a new throwing technique to improve his performance.

“I have learned several new throwing techniques and I hope I can master them before taking part in the Hong Kong Open Athletics Championship or the Taiwan Open in the middle of the year,” said Jackie who has returned to his village in Sarikei, Sarawak, to celebrate Chinese New Year. – Bernama

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