SEA Games: Zoe Mui snares late wushu gold in women's changquan

Singapore's Zoe Mui clinched the gold in the women's changquan (optional) event held at the Singapore Expo on June 7, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Singapore's Zoe Mui clinched the gold in the women's changquan (optional) event held at the Singapore Expo on June 7, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - Singapore's wushu exponents were made to wait for a medal on the second day of competition at the Singapore Expo Hall 2 on Sunday.

But when Zoe Mui clinched the gold in the women's changquan (optional) event - the second-last competition of the day - at around 9pm, she earned rapturous cheers from the crowd and ensured Singapore will not leave the day empty-handed.

The 17-year-old scored 9.71 to leapfrog to the top of the standings. Her victory was confirmed when Myanmar exponent Sandi Oo - who took to the floor last - failed to overtake her, scoring 9.70 to finish in second place.

Vietnam's Duong Thuy Vi scored 9.69 to clinch bronze.

A delighted Zoe said: "I was really happy with my performance, and I felt as if I performed up to, if not better than, my standards in training.

"It feels refreshing to win a gold, and I am very happy."

In the final competition on Sunday, Yong Yi Xiang delivered an invigorating performance in the men's cudgel event to also score 9.71. He was unlucky to find his opponents also in fine form.

He eventually settled for bronze, with Indonesia's Achmad Hulaefi scoring 9.73 to win gold. Vietnam's Tran Xuan Hiep came in second with 9.72.

Lin Yi Qiang also added a bronze in the men's 65kg sanda event, after falling 0-2 to Myanmar's Kyaw Lin Tun in the semi-finals.

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