National wushu coach Li Hui (C) poses for a photo with Mohd Sufi Shayiran (L) and Mohd Adi Sya'rani Roslan at the 5th World Junior Wushu Championships in Antalya, Turkey. Courtesy of Li Hui
Mohd Sufi posing for a photo in Turkey at the March 8-11 tournament. Courtesy of Li Hui
Brothers Mohd Sufi Shayiran and Mohd Adi Sya'rani Roslan ended the 5th World Junior Wushu Championships in Antalya, Turkey on a high note after winning the duilian (duo sparring with broadsword and spear) event yesterday.
Tallying 9.56 points, they finished ahead of Ukraine's Artem Suong and Dmytro Kolyesnikov who were second on 9.45 points. The Hong Kong duo of Lau Tsz Wing and Zhuang Jiahong completed the podium a further 0.01 points back.
It was the second time the pair recorded a podium finish on the international stage after bagging a silver medal during the 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games in Palembang, Indonesia, last September.
Speaking to The Brunei Times, older brother Sufi admitted he never expected to win the event since they had to spend time preparing for exams.
"We didn't really expect to win. We just did our best," said Sufi in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
"Overall the tournament was a good experience, and from this competition, we showed that Brunei have improved in terms of quality over the past year," added the 15-year-old.
Sufi started out with the nangun (southern staff) event on Friday, where he finished eighth out of the 16 competitors after tallying 9.00 points.
He also competed in the nanquan (southern fist) event, where he claimed ninth with 8.80 points in the 16 athlete-field.
"I tried my best and I could have finished in the top-three but I made a mistake," said Sufi.
Adi also finished fifth spot out of 19 competitors after scoring 9.32 points in the daoshu (single-edged swordplay) event.
Vietnam's Ngoc Thai Le won gold after recording 9.63 points. Chinese-Taipei's Chen Hsung-Lung was second on 9.41 points while Japan's Shinji Kanazawa was a further 0.01 points on third.
Adi also competed in the gunshu (long staff) event but finished in 18th place on 7.01 points, while results for changquan (southern fist) could not be obtained as of press time.
National wushu coach Li Hui was delighted with the performance of his charges at the March 11-18 competition.
"I'm happy that we managed to get these results because we are competing at a world class competition," said Li in an email sent prior to the duilian event.
"I've high hopes for the future of wushu in Brunei and I would also like to thank the Brunei government for the support and the opportunity they gave us to compete (in Turkey)," added the Chinese national.