Wushu: Yong Yi Xiang clinches first gold for Singapore at 30th SEA Games

Wushu: Yong Yi Xiang clinches first gold for Singapore at 30th SEA Games

Singapore's Yong Yi Xiang triumphs in wushu at the 2019 SEA Games
Singapore's Yong Yi Xiang triumphs in wushu at the 2019 SEA Games on Sunday Dec 1, 2019. (Photo: Matthew Mohan)

MANILA: Wushu exponent Yong Yi Xiang won Singapore’s first gold medal at the 30th SEA Games in the men’s changquan finals on Sunday (Dec 1).

Yong scored a total of 9.70. Malaysia's Wong Weng Son totalled 9.68 for the silver and Vietnam's Tran Xuan Hiep came in third.

Defending champion and Yong’s teammate Jowen Lim finished sixth.


“I felt that it was a good performance of my usual training standards, definitely there’s areas for improvements especially looking at the other high-level athletes from other Southeast Asian countries,” Yong told CNA.

“I’m very shocked and still a bit in disbelief (to be Singapore’s first Games gold medalist). But I’m really very honoured and thankful for this opportunity.

“I really felt that if I could deliver my best performance, that would really be the most I can ask for. Doing Singapore proud is an extra honour that I’m really really grateful for.”

Singapore's Yong Yi Xiang during his gold medal performance at the 2019 SEA Games
Singapore's Yong Yi Xiang during his gold medal performance at the 2019 SEA Games on Sunday Dec 1, 2019. (Photo: Matthew Mohan)

Earlier in the day, the women’s water polo team claimed Singapore’s first medal of the Games with a silver after beating the Philippines 13-6 in  their final double round robin match.

Singapore also won historic medals in Dancesport with Jerome Teo and Rachel Teo clinching a silver in the mixed Foxtrot, a bronze in the mixed Viennese Waltz and a bronze in the mixed Waltz event.

Team Singapore has sent its biggest away contingent to the SEA Games this year, with 666 athletes from 48 sports.

In 2017, Team Singapore’s contingent of 560 athletes in Kuala Lumpur won 58 gold, 59 silver and 71 bronze medals.

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Source: CNA/mn

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