MALAYSIAN wushu exponent Wong Weng Son has a chance to win a SEA Games gold medal – something his mentor and coach Lim Yew Fai failed to achieve.
And that is all the motivation Weng Son needs as he gears up for the KL SEA Games from Aug 19-30.
Yew Fai made his mark in jianshu (sword) and qiangshu (spear) on the international stage, but retired without winning gold at the biennial Games.
He bagged a bronze in the qiangshu when Malaysia last hosted the SEA Games in 2001.
But Yew Fai can take heart from the fact that he has groomed Weng Son into a world beater in jianshu and qiangshu.
Negri Sembilan-born Weng Son became Malaysia’s first-ever gold medallist at the inaugural Taolu World Cup when he triumphed in men’s jianshu in Fuzhou, China, late last year.
Weng Son also emerged as Malaysia’s sole gold medallist at the Asian Championships in Taiwan last September, when he also won the men’s jianshu.
His exploits saw him earn a call-up to the Podium Programme earlier this year along with two-time SEA Games gold medallist and taiji exponent Loh Jack Chang.
“It’s one of my main objectives this year to win gold at the KL SEA Games,” said Weng Son.
“I won a silver in duilian in my SEA Games debut in Myanmar in 2013. I finished out of the medals in Singapore two years ago.
“Performance-wise, I have better control now over my moves compared to the last SEA Games.
“Winning the World Cup is equivalent to winning the World Championships as you’re up against all the world’s top exponents. So, I am optimistic of my chances at the SEA Games.
“I will only focus on the jiangshu and qiangshu for the SEA Games.
“My coach is my role model and he has challenged me to do better than him at our home SEA Games,” added Weng Son, who will also compete in the World Wushu Championships in Kazan, Russia, from Sept 27-Oct 3.
Malaysia bagged two golds at the Singapore Games through Jack Chang (compulsory taijiquan) and the trio of Audrey Chan, Chan Lu Yi and Aggie Cheah (barehands duilian).
The 12-member team picked for the KL Games, boosted by two month-long training stints in China this year, will surely aim to repeat the glorious outing they enjoyed when Malaysia last hosted the Games in 2001.
That year, they reeled in a 6-2-5 medal haul, which remains the best-ever by wushu.
Six of the 12 chosen this time have won a gold medal at the SEA Games before. They are Diana Bong, Tai Cheau Xuen, Phoon Eyin, Aggie, Audrey and Jack Chang.