Vietnamese wushu martial artists pocketed one gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the second World Junior Wushu Championships, which went ahead as planned in Bali, Indonesia after eight teams withdrew from the competition.

Pham Quoc Khanh successfully passed many strong rivals, including those from Hong Kong and China, to win his gold in the boy’s nangun (South cudgel) event with 9.50 points.

His teammate Nguyen Trung Thanh later took a silver medal for Vietnam in the boy’s taijiquan event with 9.42 points. The gold went to a Chinese artist.

Vu Thuy Linh added one bronze to the pile in the girl’s nangun, with 9.41 points. Linh, who pocketed a nanquan (Southern fist) bronze medal at the World Wushu Championship in November in Beijing, finished third behind Indonesian Dessy Indri Astute, with 9.45 points, and 17-year-old Tai Cheau Xuen of Malaysia, who earned 9.42 points in a 15-exponent competition.

Cao Khac Dat finished the day with the second bronze in the boy’s nandao (South broad-sword), with 9.31 points.

Athletes waiting in the wings include Vu Tra My, who took a silver medal at the Beijing tournament, and Nguyen Ngoc Anh, who will compete in the girl’s qiangshu (demonstration with spear) event, and Nguyen Manh Khoa for the boy’s qiangshu. All are expected to bring home gold medals.

In the sanshou (combat) tournaments, Vietnamese Tran Van Kien will face Enes Doruk of Turkey in the second round of the boy’s 48kg category after an easy win on December 10.

Earlier, Le Van The knocked out Kumuppu of Syria in the boy’s 56kg to fight Huang Wenkun of Macau in the next round.

The Bali event will last through December 14 at the Westin Hotel NusaDua Bali, with 62 gold medals on offer in two disciplines-taolu (artistic performance) and sanshou.

The taolu participants are split into three categories-A (from 16 to 18 years old), B (13 to 15) and C (7 to 13)-and will contest a total of 50 gold medals in the boy’s and girl’s division, while the sanshou boy’s and girl’s fighters will duke it out for 12 golds.

A total of 700 athletes and officials from 44 countries are taking part in the tournament, which will run through December 13.

Fifty-two of the 125 countries and regional members of the International Wushu Federation initially registered for the competition, but eight withdrew due to fears about security.

In the inaugural event in Malaysia in 2006, China won most of the medals, taking home 16 golds and one silver, followed by Vietnam Indonesia won one gold and three silvers in that tournament.

Source: VOVNews/VNS - Photo: TN