Asian Games: Juanita Mok takes silver behind Lindswell Kwok, Yuen Ka-ying wins bronze for Hong Kong in wushu
Mok finishes second in the Taijiquan and Taijijian all-round competition, while Yuen is third in the Nanquan-Nandao
Hong Kong’s Juanita Mok Yuen-ying on Monday won silver medal in the Asian Games women’s wushu Taijiquan and Taijijian all-round competition at the JIExpo complex in Jakarta, while Yuen Ka-ying took bronze in her event.
The 23-year-old Mok scored 9.71 points for her Taijijian routine on Monday behind Indonesian favourite Lindswell Kwok, who scored 9.75 – it was a similar story in Sunday’s Taijiquan when Mok finished behind Kwok, ensuring second place overall and the silver.
These are Hong Kong’s second and third medals of the Asian Games after the women’s 4x100m swimming relay team secured bronze on Sunday at the Aquatic Centre.
Yuen, 29, finished with the bronze medal in the women’s Nanquan and Nandao combined. She scored 9.68 to finish third in Monday’s Nandao routine behind China’s Tang Lu (9.74) and Taiwan’s Tsai Wen-chuan (9.69).
Together with Sunday’s Nanquan score of 9.59, which gave her fifth in the discipline, Yuen was able to snatch third place behind gold winner Tang and Uzbekistan’s Darya Latisheva. She became Hong Kong’s third medal winner, hot on the heels of Mok’s silver.
This was Mok’s first Asian Games and she was expected to be a medal contender after winning bronze at the World University Games last year.
“I just performed to my own standard and was consistent,” said Mok.
“I feel I am more mature than last year when I won bronze at the university games because the routine is very similar.
“I was a bit tense backstage before my routine but I was able to adjust mentally. Once the music started I was able to forget everything and focus on my performance.”
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