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SEA GAMES 2019: Wushu clinches Singapore’s first gold at 30th SEA Games

01 December 2019
By Angelina Dass

Team Singapore’s Yong Yi Xiang won the country’s first gold medal at the 30th SEA Games for his strong performance in the Wushu men’s changquan finals on Sunday (1 Dec).

Speaking to media, the 25-year-old said that he was very shocked to be Singapore’s first Games gold medallist and was “very honoured and thankful for (the) opportunity”.


Yong Yi Xiang in action as he delivers his winning performance.

When asked if he felt any pressure when Malaysia’s Wong Weng Son scored 9.68 ahead of his performance, Yi Xiang revealed that he was too focused in the lead up to his performance to notice the score board.

“I zoned out what was happening in the arena… 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,” he said.

Yi Xiang scored a total of 9.70 which was enough to win him his third SEA Games medal. He had previously won Gold in the same event and a bronze in men’s cudgel at the 2015 Games at home.


Yong Yi Xiang in action as he delivers his winning performance.

Weng Son settled for the silver medal while Vietnam's Tran Xuan Hiep came in third. Yi Xiang’s teammate and SEA Games 2017 gold medallist, Jowen Lim finished sixth with a score of 9.53.


Team Singapore Wushu poses with Mr Ang Mong Seng, President, Singapore Wushu Dragon & Lion Dance Federation.

Also competing on Sunday morning at the World Trade Centre in Manila, Samuel Tan Wei Han finished sixth in the men’s taijiquan finals with a score of 9.44 while Vera Tan and Ho Lin Ying finished sixth (9.43) and eighth (9.40) respectively in the women’s Taijiquan finals.


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