Monday, 17 March 2014 | MYT 6:42 PM
Ying Ting strikes gold at World Juniors
Loh Ying Ting bagged golds at the changquan and gunshu event at the World Junior Championship in Antalya, Turkey. - filepic
PETALING JAYA: Youngster Loh Ying Ting was the toast of the Malaysian team at the World Junior Championships in Antalya, Turkey.
The 17-year-old was victorious in two girls’ Group A (16-18) events – the changquan (barehands northern style) and gunshu (cudgel) – on the opening day on Saturday.
There was more joy for Malaysia as Calvin Lee Wai Leong also struck gold in the boys’ Group A nandao (broadsword).
Malaysia also picked up five silvers and one bronze. The silvers came from Ong Qi Yue (boys’ Group B (13-15) jianshu and qiangshu), Khaw Jun Lim (boys’ Group A gunshu), Si Shin Peng (boys’ Group C (10-12) jianshu) and Pang Pui Yee (girls’ Group B jianshu). Tan Cheong Wan earned the sole bronze in the boys’ Group B changquan.
With the three golds, five silver and one bronze in the three-day champions, Malaysia have improved on their previous best haul of 2-5-6 at the 2012 meet in Macau.
For Ying Ting, she now has the unique distinction of having emerged champion in the World Junior Championships under different categories. She was also a gold medallist at the last championships in Macau, winning the Group B (13-15) changquan event.
Besides the world junior meet, Ying Ting also won golds at the last two Asian Junior Wushu Championships. In her debut in Singapore in 2011, she was victorious in gunshu and daoshu. In Manila last year, Ying Ting triumphed in the girls’ Group A daoshu (sword).
Former international Lim Yew Fai, who is now in charge of the juniors in the back-up squad, was pleased to see Ying Ting rise to the occasion again.
“Ying Ting fared even better this time although it gets tougher when you moved up. She has good potential but I am happy the others also won medals so far,” he said.