Zoe hits the heights
Women's changquan exponent Zoe Mui hit all the right notes to deliver the Republic's only gold medal to come from Sunday's wushu events.
She executed all her moves to near-perfection in her women's optional changquan routine to return a score of 9.71 to fend off Myanmar's silver medallist Oo Sandi (9.70) and Vietnam's second runner-up Duong Thuy Vi (9.69).
Zoe was fourth in the same event in Naypyidaw 2013, where she also finished second in the women's duilian (weapons) event, a feat she repeated at home on Saturday.
"Finally, there's a breakthrough, and I can't stop smiling," said the pint-sized Zoe, after collecting her first international gold medal and being enveloped by volunteers, made up of the local wushu fraternity.
"It feels like a weight off my chest. I have trained very long and hard for this and had to overcome my ankle injuries.
"I also suffered from whiplash in a training accident earlier this year and couldn't train for two weeks, which is a long time if you have to train everyday.
"But over the last two years, I have learnt to accept setbacks and turn them into motivation."
Singaporeans Lin Yiqiang and Yong Yi Xiang also contributed two bronze medals from the men's sanda (65kg) and men's optional cudgel events respectively.
Read the full report in our print edition on June 8.
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