PETALING JAYA: Malaysia made an impressive start with three bronze medals on the opening day of the 13th World Wushu Championships in Jakarta.
Ng Shin Yii, who tied the knot with top Malaysian bowler Adrian Ang last month, had the honour of claiming the first medal for Malaysia at the Istora Senayan when she posted 9.66 points in the women’s taijiquan on Sunday.
Asian Games gold medallist exponent Lindswell Kwok picked up Indonesia’s first gold with an impressive 9.70 total while Hong Kong’s Chen Suijin took the silver with 9.68 points.
Negri Sembilan-born Wong Weng Son capped his debut by grabbing Malaysia’s second bronze in the men’s jianshu with 9.61 points.
Charles Sutanto gave Indonesia a golden double by collecting 9.64 points to emerge champion in the 38-man field. Russian Andrei Solovev finished second on 9.62.
Two-time world champion Ho Mun Hua delivered the third bronze for Malaysia in the men’s nanquan with a 9.67 total. China’s Wang Di bagged the gold with 9.73 ahead of Macanese Huang Jun Hua’s 9.68.
Although the 26-year-old Mun Hua failed to retain the title he won in Kuala Lumpur in 2013, he was happy with his efforts.
“I proved I’m still the best in the country for nanquan. I won the bronze in the presence of a Chinese competitor this time, so I am happy to be on the podium,” said Mun Hua, who won his first world title in Toronto, Canada, in 2009.
A total of 78 countries are competing in Jakarta. The International Wushu Federation (IWUF) are out to make a good impression as observers from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are present at the five-day championships. Wushu is eyeing for an inclusion in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.