PETALING JAYA - Wushu exponent Diana Bong Siong Lin arrived in Naypyitaw with an upset stomach.
But not even that could stop her from nailing the country's first gold medal at the Myanmar SEA Games on Saturday.
Diana was clearly bent on reclaiming the nanquan (southern long fist) title she won in Vientiane four years ago and she delivered a superb performance to earn an impressive 9.70 points to finish ahead of Vietnam's Min Phuong Dui (9.68).
Tai Cheau Xuen, the silver medallist at the last SEA Games in Indonesia, chalked up 9.67 points to get the bronze for Malaysia.
Diana was clearly delighted to have lived up to expectations.
"To be frank, I was really nervous stepping onto the stage. The team and the whole contingent expected me to deliver the country's first gold medal because we came here early.
"I tried to ease the pressure by imagining that the whole stage belonged only to me ... that I had nothing to prove to anyone, but myself.
"As soon as I saw the figure 9.70 on the scoreboard, I knew that the gold was mine ... although there were two other exponents yet to perform.
"I wanted to regain the title but nothing can beat the honour of becoming the country's first gold medallist," said the ecstatic Diana.
The 28-year-old, who hails from Kuching, was making her fourth Games appearance in Myanmar and this is her third SEA Games gold medal.