Joshua hop­ing for a re­peat of 2011 show­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

JOSHUA Koh I-jie wants to re­live the 2011 Sea Games where he ended Malaysia’s 22-year gold medal drought in fenc­ing by cap­tur­ing the men’s in­di­vid­ual epee in Indonesia.

“I just want to do well at home, do my best and I’m con­fi­dent that I can get the gold,” said Joshua yes­ter­day.

Joshua, 27, was elim­i­nated in the quar­ter-fi­nals in the 2015 Games, los­ing 15-11 to Thailand’s Cham­char­ern Pan­thawit but said he is in much bet­ter shape for this year’s Kuala Lumpur edi­tion.

“For a while, I was stag­nant but I think I’ve im­proved a lot be­cause of the dis­ap­point­ing re­sult at the last Sea Games.”

Joshua came back from a back in­jury he sus­tained late last year dur­ing train­ing to win gold at the Asian Univer­sity Cham­pi­onship last Fe­bru­ary, and wants to con­tinue that form de­spite hav­ing to face tough op­po­nents from Viet­nam and Sin­ga­pore in the Sea Games.

This will be Joshua’s fourth Sea Games, hav­ing made his de­but in 2007 in Ko­rat.

As this year’s Games is in Kuala

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