ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE By Lee Min Kok JAKARTA – Singapore captured their first SEA Games gold in wushu at the Senayan Indoor Tennis Stadium on Monday morning. The women’s duilian team of Tao Yijun, Tay Yu Juan and Emily Sin successfully defended their 2009 title with a score of 9.71, 0.01 point ahead of second-placed Brunei. The Philippines came in third with 9.68 points. The men’s duilian team of Fung Jin Jie, Jaryl Tay and Samuel Seah had to settle for a bronze.
Singapore’s wushu trio of Tay Yu Juan, Khor Poh Chin and Tao Yijun emerged victorious in the women’s duilian (with weapons) event.
SUPERB team execution won Singapore the two golds that bookended their medal harvest at the Vientiane South-east Asia Games yesterday.
In the morning, the women’s wushu trio of Khor Poh Chin, Tao Yijun and Tay Yu Juan won the weapons gold by just 0.01 point in the women’s duilian with a brilliant display of precise pugilistic skills.
The wushu event, which pits the one-minute choreographies of competing teams against each other, was a blur of rapid weapon thrusts and acrobatic flips, as the competitors thrilled the spectators at the Lao International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre.
The Singapore trio – with Khor and Tao on spears and Tay on double broadsword – triumphed over Indonesia and Brunei, scoring 9.46 points to the other two teams’ 9.45 points.
The small price they had to pay for the narrow win? A slight nick on Tao’s nose during their routine, which drew a trace of blood.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the National Sports Council (KONI) to lead Indonesia to a top-three finish at this year’s Southeast Asian (SEA) Games XXV, to be held in Laos.
The president pledged full funding to help the athletes prepare, adding he would immediately discuss the issue after the legislative elections.