Macao has brought home a total of five gold, two silver and four bronze medals from the 16th World Wushu Championships (WWC), which were held in Fort Worth, Texas between 16 to 20 November.
On the last day of competition yesterday, Macao won an impressive three gold medals and one bronze. Li Yi came first place in the female qiang (spear) event, with a score of 9.796, while So Cho Man bested 26 other contestants and became champion in the women’s gunshu (cudgel) contest with a score of 9.783.
In a later event, So partnered up with Wong Weng Ian in the female, two-person duilian (choreographed sparring) event where they earned a bronze medal with a score of 9.586. In total, the young So bagged two gold and one bronze from the championship.
In the men’s division, Song Chi Kuan scored 9.82 in the jian (sword) event, earning another gold medal for Macao on the competition’s final day.
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Overall, Macao’s medal count of 11 was only second to mainland China, which had a total of 12.
Macao has had a stellar year in Wushu this year, with many local athletes such as Angela Wong and Li Yi winning accolades at the FISU World University Games and Hangzhou Asian Games.
Wushu is largely an exhibition sport, based on several Chinese martial arts disciplines.
Established in 1991, the World Wushu Championships is a biennial event hosted by the International Wushu Federation. This year, hundreds of athletes from over 80 countries participated in the championship, which will next be held in Brazil.