Like a tiger let loose


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  • Wednesday, 23 Aug 2017

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LOH Jack Chang, with a large tiger motif embroidered on his black outfit, roared to his second gold in the SEA Games wushu competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

His slick display earned him 9.66 points in the men’s compulsory taijiquan to hand Malaysia their sixth wushu gold.

Samuel Tan of Singapore took the silver with 9.52 points and Myan­mar’s Htet Khant Min the bronze with 9.36 points.

Malaysia finished with six golds, five silvers and three bronzes for their best-ever wushu performance in the Games since the sport made its debut at 1991 Manila.

Malaysia’s previous best was a 6-2-5 haul at the 2001 Games, also in Kuala Lumpur.

Jack Chang won the taijijian (taiji sword) on Sunday and the Sara­wakian was pleased to end his fifth Games outing on a high.

“This is a special SEA Games for me. Not only am I competing in a home Games for the first time, I also managed to win two golds for the first time.

“I’m happy I performed almost flawlessly.

“This will be a boost as I head for the World Championships in Kazan (Russia from Sept 27-Oct 3),” said Miri-born Jack Chang.

The 30-year-old exponent has two golds from four previous Games.

He made a perfect debut by winning the taijiquan gold in Laos 2009. He then won gold in compulsory taijiquan and silver in taijijian in Singapore 2015.

On his striking outfit, Jack Chang said it was specially designed for the Games.

“It was tailored in China and it costs RM1,500. The tiger is also the symbol of our team and it epitomises great fighting spirit,” said Jack Chang, who graduated with an MBA degree from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) two years ago.

Yeap Wai Kin just missed out on a medal in the men’s changquan after placing fourth with 9.65.

Wai Kin had earlier bagged two golds – in jianshu (sword) and qiangshu (spear).

Diana Bong is the only woman gold medallist for Malaysia this time – in nanquan (barehands).

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