Wong Weng Son Secures World Wushu Championship Gold in Texas
BY: Michelle Liew
In a triumphant display of skill and determination, Malaysia's wushu athlete, Wong Weng Son, soared to victory by clinching the gold medal in the men's Changquan event at the 2023 World Wushu Championships held in Texas, United States. The championship, held this morning, witnessed Weng Son's stellar performance, marking him as the world champion in this prestigious martial arts competition.
This remarkable achievement mirrors Weng Son's previous success at the 2017 World Wushu Championship in Kazan, Russia, where he secured gold in the Jianshu event. The recent win not only adds another feather to his cap but also serves as redemption for the 31-year-old athlete from Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, who faced disappointment with a silver medal in the Changquan event at the 2019 World Wushu Championships in Shanghai, China.
In a thrilling competition, Weng Son showcased his prowess, overcoming stiff competition to outshine Seraf Naro Siregar from Indonesia, who secured the silver medal. Adding to Malaysia's glory, national athlete Clement Ting Su Wei claimed the third spot in the event.
The success of the Malaysian wushu contingent didn't end with Weng Son's gold medal triumph. The Fort Worth Convention Center bore witness to further victories as the national team secured three silver medals and an additional bronze.
Clement Ting added to the medal tally with two silvers, displaying exceptional skill in the men's Daoshu event. Meanwhile, Sydney Chin Sy Xuan demonstrated her prowess in the women's Taijijian category, earning another silver for Malaysia. Loh Ying Ting contributed to the nation's success by securing a bronze in the women's Changquan competition.
Even the seasoned former world champion, Tan Cheong Min, left a mark on the competition by clinching a bronze in the women's Nangun event.
For the national wushu squad, this triumph further solidifies their legacy of excellence. Notably, Malaysia has consistently produced world champions at the World Wushu Championships, maintaining an unbroken streak since the 2003 edition in Macau.
Wong Weng Son's recent victory not only establishes him as a global wushu powerhouse but also exemplifies the collective strength and skill of Malaysia's wushu athletes on the international stage. As the nation celebrates this outstanding achievement, the future of Malaysian wushu looks promising, with a legacy of success that continues to inspire generations of aspiring martial artists.