Saturday, December 7, 2013

Diana Bong Optimistic Of Contributing Country's 1,000th Gold Medal In SEA Games History

NAYPYITAW, Dec 6 (Bernama) -- National wushu exponent Diana Bong Siong Lin remains optimistic of winning Malaysia's 1,000th gold medal in the SEA Games history when she competes in the women's Nanquan event, the first event to offer gold medal tomorrow.

Malaysia, since participating in the SEAP and later SEA Games since 1959, has won 999 gold medals, leaving the door open for the wushu team to create their won history by contributing the 1,000th gold medal.

Diana Bong from Kuching, Sarawak said she was confident of overcoming her opponents in the competition, especially her main rival Ivana Ardelia Irmanto from Indonesia.

The 28-year-old Diana Bong who arrived in Naypyitaw, Myanmar three days ago was down with a bout of diarrhea after consuming food served at the Games Village but managed to recover in time for her competition tomorrow.

"Yesterday I had to frequent the toilet because of diarrhea but I am back to my fitness and will certainly be looking forward to do my best for the country," she told reporters, here today after a training session at the Wunna Theikadi Indoor Stadium.

Meanwhile, National wushu coach Yoong Thong Foong said he was confident that Diana Bong would be able to perform up to expectations.

Thong Foong said the wushu squad that won three gold medals in the 2011 Indonesia SEA Games hope to repeat a similar feat in Myanmar.

Among potential gold medal winners in the squad are Ho Mun Hua (Men's Nan Gun) Loh Jack Chang (men's Taijiquan), Chan Yu Fi (women's Chanquan), Diana Bong Siong Lin (women's Nanquan) and Tai Cheau Xuen (women's Nan Gun).

From Ahmad Muliady Abdul Majid -- BERNAMA

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