SINGAPORE — Wushu athletes Chan Jun Kai and Kimberly Ong made the breakthroughs for Singapore as they clinched gold medals in the second day of competition at the Cau Giay Gymnasium in Hanoi on Saturday (14 May).
A day after winning a bronze medal in the men's taijiquan event, Chan improved on his showing as he clinched the gold in the men's taijijian (taiji sword).
The 21-year-old scored 9.72 points for his graceful routine to edge out Indonesia's Nicholas Nicholas (9.71 points) for the top spot. The Philippines' Jones Llabres Inso won the bronzed medal with 9.70 points.
Chan's gold was the first wushu gold for Singapore at this SEA Games, after he earned a bronze in the men's taijiquan and teammate Jowen Lim clinched a silver in the men's changquan on Friday.
There was more good news later in the day, as Ong emerged tops in the women's daoshu and gunshu competition. 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 clinched the silver medal after amassing 19.33 points (9.67 for daoshu, 9.66 for gunshu), while Vietnam's Hoang Thi Phuong Giang claimed bronze with a total of 19.16 points (9.45 for daoshu, 9.71 for gunshu).
The wushu golds was also Singapore's third and fourth at the SEA Games, following triumphs by epee fencer Elle Koh and artistic silat athlete Iqbal Abdul Rahman.