SEA GAMES: LOH DELIVERS SECOND GOLD DESPITE GOING THROUGH THREE SURGERIES

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia– National senior wushu exponent Loh Jack Chang battled a long-standing knee injury to put up a scintillating performance to contribute two gold medals at the 2017 SEA Games (KL2017).

After prevailing in the men’s Taijijian event on Sunday, Loh returned to the wushu floor today to clinch his second gold medal of the tournament in the men’s Taijiquan event.

The 30-year-old athlete scored 9.66 points to defeat Samuel Tan Wei Han of Singapore who obtained 9.52 points for the silver while Myanmar’s Khant Min Htet took the bronze with 9.36 points.

Jack Chang said the victory meant a lot to him as he had to undergo a series of operations in 2006, 2010 and 2013 for a meniscus tear and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on his right knee.

In the past one year, my right knee started acting up again but I was determined with my gold mission at KL2017, so I have to endure the pain and train as usual.

The sports needs me to give 100 per cent focus in every outing and takes my mind off the injury for the sweet memory of ending the meet on a victorious note, said Loh who defended his Taijiquan gold medal won in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

He was met by reporters after the wushu medal presentation ceremony at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here today.

Jack Chang who took up wushu at the age of 14, alluded that the 29th SEA Games maybe his last appearance in the biennial championships.

He said he was not sure of continuing to compete as his injury had reoccurred and it was affecting his movement.

I also need to attend to my personal life and I plan to get married next year, he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK