Wushu: It could've been six gold medals

Wushu: It could've been six gold medals
Diana Bong Siong Lin executing the nangun steps during the Myanmar SEA Games. She could have earned Malaysia more gold medals if she had executed the extra step in the women’s nanquan events (nanquan, nandao and nangun).

NAYPYITAW - Malaysia achieved their three gold medal target in wushu at the Myanmar SEA Games, but it could have been a better performance if not for questionable judging in some events.

The squad missed out on a chance to achieve their best-ever performance since the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2001, when Malaysia bagged six gold medals.

On current strength, Malaysia should have won two or three more gold medals.

Two-time world champion Ho Mun Hua was perhaps unlucky to have faced a Myanmar opponent who was equally good on that day.

Mun Hua could have returned home with a gold from either the men's nanquan or nandao events only instead of settling for lesser medals on both occasions.

Mun Hua had no faults in both his performances and would have been glad to trade all the four medals he won (three silvers and one bronze) for a gold.

Malaysia should also have been good enough to sweep all the women's nanquan events (nanquan, nandao and nangun) if Diana Bong Siong Lin had executed the six compulsory steps in nangun on Monday.

Diana would have then become the first double gold medallist for Malaysia in SEA Games history, having claimed the first for the contingent in nanquan on Saturday.

"I'm used to doing five steps in nangun as required for the World Championships, which was held in Kuala Lumpur last month.

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