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Team Singapore Wushu exponent Tan Yan Ni puts up remarkable performance and bags a Bronze medal despite injury to her toe (Photo by Sport Singapore)


Team Singapore Wushu exponent Tan Yan Ni won the Republic's fourth Bronze medal of the 17th Asian Games on Tuesday morning at the Women's Changquan competition held in Ganghwa Dolmens Gymnasium. China's Kan Wencong won Gold with a score of 9.75 points, and Hong Kong's Geng Xiaoling took Silver with 9.66 points.

Tan, who won a Silver at last year's SEA Games in Myanmar, finished third in a field of 13 athletes with a score of 9.63, and some would wonder if she could have done even better had she not been nursing a toe injury.

“I was on painkillers during my performance today because of an injury to my big toe. I didn't feel it during my performance but after I finished, the pain was really bad and I could hardly walk,” she said.

Regardless, Tan added that her first Bronze in the Asiad came by surprise, saying that she only expected to finish in the top eight because of the quality of the competition.

“I think it was my mental preparation for this match that helped me, and my jumps were perfect,” she said.


Team Singapore's Lee Tze Yuan in action during the Men's Taijijian event (Photo by Joseph Nair / Sport Singapore)


The difference in scores between Tan and fourth placed Thi Phuong Giang Hoang of Vietnam was a mere 0.01 points, and while it may seem like sweet revenge for the Singaporean - she finished behind the Vietnamese in Myanmar - the 17-year old instead admitted that she felt bad about the results.

“The Vietnamese girl didn't do so well today...and I have mixed feelings. I'm happy for myself, but I feel she deserved it because she is a full time athlete and trains really hard,” Tan said.

This is Team Singapore's fifth medal at this year's Games, including the Bronze medals won by swimmer Joseph Schooling, fencer Lim Wei Wen and the Sepak Takraw team, as well as the Silver medal that swimmer Tao Li won in her 50m Butterfly competition on Monday night.

Over at the Men's Taijiquan and Taijijian competition, Lee Tze Yuan finished eighth out of 14 athletes with a score of 18.96, while compatriot Samuel Tan came in three spots below at 11th with a score of 18.89.

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