Perak's Wugindran Raja Saravanan (right) on his way to beating Malacca’s Dineshwaran Shrmugam 5-2 in the final of the Sukma men’s individual kumite -60kg event. – Faihan Ghani /THE STAR
KANGAR: Perak's Wugindran Raja Saravanan drew the curtain on his karate career with a gold medal in the men’s individual kumite -60kg event at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) here.
Wugindran landed his first ever gold of the Games after beating Malacca’s Dineshwaran Shrmugam 5-2 at the Sri Kayangan Hall at the Perlis Matriculation Collage in Arau on Saturday.
This Sukma is his last competition as the 20-year-old from Ipoh wants to concentrate on his studies. He is currently a first year medical student at the Management and Science University in Shah Alam.
The win was even sweeter as it erased the memory of the last Sukma in Pahang in 2012, where he went out in the first round.
“What a difference in just two years! In Pahang, I went out in the fist round and two years later, I’m a Sukma champion,” said a beaming Wugindran.
“It’s bittersweet, of course. I’m just taking in the atmosphere here and enjoying being in a competition for the last time,” he added.
“I know I’m not going to get to hang out with all the exponents here so I’m just going to savour these few days.”
Wugindran can now proudly add his gold medal to his 2011 Asian Junior Championships gold medal and four junior national titles (2008-2011) and one senior national title (2014), all in the kumite category.
“I really wanted the win for myself and my state, and to win Perak’s first gold here. I hope I can bring the same spirit and fervour that I show on the tatami to my studies and career,” he added.
Sunday’s competition will see five more gold medals at stake in the men’s and women’s team kata event as well as men’s individual kumite -75kg and women’s individual kumite (-55kg and -61kg).