PETALING JAYA: Ng Shin Yii capped an impressive finish for the Malaysian wushu team when she delivered a surprise silver on the final day of the world championships in Toronto on Thursday.
Shin Yii earned a score of 9.79 in the taijijian (taiji sword) discipline to bring Malaysia’s final tally in the biennial world meet to 2-2-5 — bettering the previous haul of 1-2-4 in Beijing.
The 20-year-old Malacca girl showed marked improvement to secure her first-ever world championships medal – a welcome boost after the fall from grace of Doha Asian Games gold medallist Chai Fong Ying.
Fong Ying finished out of the medals in the taijijian and also failed to defend her title in taijiquan when she came out a disappointing 11th.
Shin Yii, who was fourth in taijiquan, has stayed in the shadows of the more illustrious Fong Ying since switching to the taiji disciplines three years ago.
She was previously trained in the taolu disciplines – changquan (northern style boxing, jianshu (sword) and qiangshu (spear) – and even won medals at the SEA Games.
However, a serious ankle injury, which resulted in her being on crutches for six months, forced her to switch to the taiji disciplines.
Only three of the 10 exponents who competed in Toronto will come home empty-handed – Fong Ying, her sister Fong Wei and 2003 Vietnam SEA Games gold medallist Ang Eng Chong.