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Wushu heroes return home
Saturday, December 14, 2013

Ak Mohd Khairul Bahri Pg Aliumar

Ak Mohd Khairul Bahri Pg Aliumar

Ak Mohd Khairul Bahri Pg Aliumar

The national wushu team returned home yesterday to a heroes' welcome with friends and family members eagerly waiting for their arrival at the International Airport in Berakas.

Faustina Woo Wai Sii and Lee Ying Shi delivered the country's first gold medal after finishing on top in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games women's duilian (duo sparring with broadsword and spear) on Tuesday.

The duo carded a 9.67 to triumph over Singapore's Emily Sin, Zoe Mui and Fung Hui Xin by 0.01 point.

The Philippines' Kariza Kris Chan and Natasha Enriquez took bronze on 9.65.

"I already expected them to win a medal for the country even before the tournament started, and I am not surprised," said Woo Chung Heng, one of the committee members the Wushu Federation of Brunei Darussalam (WFBD), in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

"They are now the role model for the younger kids and even now we have a lot of parents sending their kids to train wushu with us.

Present to welcome the wushu team was Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Hj Othman, as well as members of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BDNOC).

"I am very happy for my daughter, she was really determined to win gold for the country," said Woo's mother, Teresa Tam.

"As a mother I was worried about her injuries but she persevered till the end and now I am very proud of her.

"She only managed to win silver in the last two SEA Games (2009 Laos SEA Games and 2011 Indonesia SEA Games), and I am very happy that she finally won gold this time round," she said.

Brothers Mohammad Adi Sya'rani and Md Sufi Shayiran Roslan also did their best in Myanmar but failed to get on the podium.

Md Sufi Shayiran finished sixth in the nangun (southern staff) event and placed 10th in both the nanquan (southern fist) and nandao (southern sabre) events.

Md Sufi Shayiran then teamed up with his brother Mohammad Adi Sya'rani in the men's duilian for another sixth place finish.

"This is only their first SEA Games and I think they did quite well in the tournament," said Mohammad Adi Sya'rani and Md Sufi Shayiran's father Roslan Jamaluddin. "I hope that they will work extra hard and try again next time."

Brunei's other wushu exponent Ang Guat Lian also failed to win any medals after struggling in both her taijiquan (taiji fist) events on Saturday and Sunday.

Courtesy from Brunei Times