Univer­si­ade set to test ex­po­nents

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE na­tional wushu team who will be mak­ing their de­but at the Univer­si­ade in Tai­wan on Aug 19-30 have been touted as the dark­horses in Malaysia’s hunt for a first gold medal.

For head coach Lim Yew Fai, the tar­get of only one gold medal in any dis­ci­pline takes the pres­sure off the team due to the rul­ing at Univer­si­ade where an ath­lete needs to ex­cel in two dis­ci­plines for a com­bined to­tal.

“It is pos­si­ble to ex­cel in one event but we have to re­duce on mis­takes or de­liver a per­fect per­for­mance in the sec­ond event to get a gold medal be­cause the scores are based on two com­bined events,” said Yew Fai.

For­mer international Yew Fai ad­mit­ted they have been more fo­cused on the Sea Games (Aug 19-31), say­ing only four ex­po­nents will com­pete in Tai­wan.

The four ath­letes are Asian Ju­niors sil­ver medal­list Calvin Lee, 2015 World Tai­ji­quan Cham­pi­onship bronze medal­list Loh Choon How, 2016 World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship gold medal­list Tan Cheong Min and Chan Lu Yi, who has won gold medals at the 2015 Sea Games, Asian Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships and the World Cham­pi­onships. Farah Azharie

Tan Cheong Min

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