IN HIS IDOL’S FOOT­STEPS

Asian Ju­nior champ Jun Hao wants to em­u­late Chong Wei

New Straits Times - - Sport - HELMI TALKAH helmi.talkah@bh.com.my

THERE is no look­ing back for Leong Jun Hao af­ter win­ning the Asian Ju­nior ti­tle on Sun­day. He now wants to be as suc­cess­ful as his idol, Lee Chong Wei.

Jun Hao said he has al­ways been mo­ti­vated by what Chong Wei has achieved but is aware of the chal­lenges and sac­ri­fices needed to be­come a world class player.

“I have al­ways been amazed by Chong Wei. Ev­ery day I watch him train, what he does is out of the or­di­nary.

“But if he can do it, why can’t I?” said Jun Hao, when met at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day.

“Chong Wei is my idol and I want to be like him. I still have a long way to go and I need to work very hard.”

Jun Hao added that he is now fo­cused on the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Yog­jakarta in Oc­to­ber where he ex­pects the com­pe­ti­tion to be much stiffer.

“Japan did not com­pete in the Asian Ju­niors this time while China will def­i­nitely be stronger at the World Ju­niors. It is hard to gauge un­til the draw is done.

“Re­gard­less, I will re­main fo­cused and train hard to pre­pare my­self.

“I am con­fi­dent that my coaches will get me ready.”

Jun Hao clinched the Asian boys’ sin­gles ti­tle af­ter down­ing China’s Bai Yu­peng 21-6, 20-22, 21-17 in Jakarta. His win ended China's three-year win­ning streak in the Asian event.

PIC BY MOHD KHAIRUL HELMY MOHD DIN

(From left) Ng Tze Yong, Leong Jun Hao, Chia Wei Jie and Eoon Qi Xuan show the medals they won at the Asian Ju­niors af­ter ar­riv­ing at the KLIA yes­ter­day.

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