Wushu’s Chan Jun Kai, Kimberly Ong bag of gold

Singaporean wushu athletes Chan Jun Kai (L) and Kimberly Ong with their gold winning routines at the SEA Games in Hanoi (PHOTO: SNOC/Samuel Ang)

SINGAPORE — Wushu athletes Chan Jun Kai and Kimberly Ong made breakthroughs for Singapore by winning gold medals on the second day of competition at the Cau Giay Gymnasium in Hanoi on Saturday (May 14).

A day after winning a bronze medal in the men’s taijiquan event, Chan improved his performance by picking up gold in the men’s taijijian (taiji sword).

The 21-year-old scored 9.72 points for his graceful routine to edge Indonesian Nicholas Nicholas (9.71 points) for first place. Filipino Jones Llabres Inso won the bronze medal with 9.70 points.

Chan’s gold was the first wushu gold for Singapore at these SEA Games, after winning a bronze in men’s taijiquan and teammate Jowen Lim clinched a silver in men’s changquan on Friday.

There was more good news later in the day as Ong came out on top in the women’s daoshu and gunshu competitions. The 19-year-old scored 9.68 points in her daoshu routine, which combined with her 9.69 points from her gunshu routine on Friday gave her the winning total of 19.37 points.

Her compatriot Zoe Tan took the silver medal with 19.33 points (9.67 for daoshu, 9.66 for gunshu), while Vietnam’s Hoang Thi Phuong Giang took bronze with a total of 19, 16 points (9.45 for daoshu, 9.71 for gunshu).

The wushu gold medals were also Singapore’s third and fourth at the SEA Games, following triumphs for swordsman Elle Koh and artistic silat athlete Iqbal Abdul Rahman.

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