Tuesday, November 16, 2010

16th Asian Games 2010: Fong Ying gives gold medal performance

(From left) Malaysia's Asian Games contingent chef-de-mission Datuk Zolkples Embong, wushu gold medallist Chai Fong Ying and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek show the No 1 sign after Fong Ying won the taijijian-taijiquan combined events at the Nansha Stadium yesterday.
(From left) Malaysia's Asian Games contingent chef-de-mission Datuk Zolkples Embong, wushu gold medallist Chai Fong Ying and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek show the No 1 sign after Fong Ying won the taijijian-taijiquan combined events at the Nansha Stadium yesterday.
CHAI Fong Ying ensured that the Negaraku was heard for the first time at a medal presentation ceremony of the Asian Games after a stunning display to retain her taijijian-taijiquan combined title in dramatic fashion at the Nansha Stadium yesterday.

It was also a victory Fong Ying will cherish for a lifetime in memory of her grandfather who died in Malacca last week while the exponent was fine-tuning her skills at the Fuzhou training centre in China.

Her family decided to keep the tragic news from her for fear it would affect her preparations. She will only be informed today.


Fong Ying, together with Indonesia's world champion Lindswell and Japan's Miyaoka Ai, lived up to their favourites' tag by posting identical points of 9.67 in the taijijian event in the morning.

Fong Ying and Miyaoka kept their momentum going in the afternoon's taijiquan with 9.69 and 9.67 respectively, leaving Lindswell to complete her routine.

However, disaster struck Lindswell when the 19-year-old made a tiny slip on her landing which forced the judges to deduct points.


The judges gave the Indonesian just 9.43 for her efforts and Lindswell finished out of the medals.

Fong Ying, a former world champion, took the gold medal with a 19.36 (9.67; 9.67) total, just 0.02 points ahead of Miyaoka, who also won silver in Doha four years ago. Taiwan's world champion Wen Ching Ni took bronze with 19.33.

Fong Ying said the competition was tougher compared to four years ago in Doha as all the exponents had trained in China prior to the Games.


"I endured so much hardship while in training. It was difficult at times as it was tough preparing for this event. I went through so much to retain my gold," said the relieved 24-year-old.

"The competition was also tough this time as we had to do both routines on the same day unlike in Doha. I've not informed my family about my victory but I'm sure they watched it on television or heard it on the radio."

Fong Ying, also a two-time Sea Games gold medallist, thanked the National Sports Council for funding the team's training in China for over two months.

Malaysian wushu expects another medal when Lee Yang and Loh Jack Chang compete in the men's taijijian-taijiquan combined events today.

Last Saturday, Malaysia won bronze through Tai Cheau Xuen in the women's nanquan-nandao combined events.

*Taken from NST Online.

**To get Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games' Medal Tally, click here.

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