Asian Games: One Championship fight a lifesaver for May Ooi as she targets Asiad glory in ju-jitsu

In 1990, May Ooi made her Asian Games debut as a teenage swimmer. This year, the 41-year-old will return to compete in ju-jitsu.
Ooi, 41, is training for the Asian Games, where she will fly the Republic's flag in ju-jitsu.
Ooi, 41, is training for the Asian Games, where she will fly the Republic's flag in ju-jitsu.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - She could hear air racing in to fill her lungs, then quickly rushing out. Glare from the lights at Kuala Lumpur's Stadium Negara arena meant she couldn't see everyone in the crowd, but she knew they were all watching.

This was August last year and May Ooi had just won on her One Championship debut, beating Malaysian favourite Ann Osman in the latter's own backyard. The rear naked choke ended the fight in just over three minutes.

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