Asian Ju­nior champ Jun Hao wants to em­u­late Chong Wei

New Straits Times - - Sport - HELMI TALKAH

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.


(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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