Wushu exponents fight back

Wushu exponents fight back
Singapore's wushu exponents Tan Yan Ni (centre) winning her silver medal in the women's changquan category and Yong Yi Xiang (left) and Lee Tze Yuan (right), winning their bronze medals in the men's duilian category at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on 8 December 2013.

NAYPYIDAW- They were carrying painful injuries, but that didn't stop Singapore's wushu exponents from bagging two medals at the Wunna Thiekdi Indoor Complex yesterday.

Tan Yan Ni won the Republic's first silver medal at the 2013 South-east Asia (SEA) Games in Naypyidaw in the women's changquan category, while the men's duo of Lee Tze Yuan and Yong Yi Xiang claimed bronze in the men's duilian (hand-to-hand combat).

The achievement was made all the more impressive considering Yan Ni (ankle) and Yong (knee) had picked up injuries in training just days ago.

Yan Ni tried her best to hide a limp as she walked off the mat after she finished her routine, while Yong had to receive treatment from the team physio right after he completed his individual routine in the men's gunshu.

Yan Ni, a 17-year-old Republic Polytechnic student, said: "I really didn't expect much considering this is my first SEA Games and that I had the injury.

NERVOUS

"Plus, I was so nervous just before I started my routine.

"But I managed to stop thinking about it (the injury) once I started, and I think what won me the silver were my jumps... they were perfect."

Lee and Yong were also competing in their first SEA Games.

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