Former world junior champion Chuah Shangyang is now a world champion at the senior level.
Shangyang, who won the Nangun gold at the 2016 World Junior Wushu Championships, took the gold in the Xingyiquan event at the World Wushu Championships in Shanghai.
He amassed 9.400 points in his routine to finish ahead of Macau’s Cheong Pui Seng, who managed a 9.343 score. In third place was German’s Christoph Hyunh on 9.233.
It was disappointment for both Pui Seng and Christoph, who had finished in the exact same positions in Kazan two years ago. Defending champion Leo Benouaich of France did not defend his title this time around.
It was the first gold for Malaysia in the championships after teammate Tan Cheong Min won the silver in the women’s Nanquan event.
Shangyang had also won the Xingyiquan gold medal at recent World Masterships Games in Chungju, Korea earlier last month.
In the Sanda competition, Chong Jian Hwa was beaten in the opening round of the men’s 65kg category bout.
Shangyang, who hails from Penang, has been undergoing intensive training in China with the rest of the Malaysina squad prior to the world championshps
MEN’S XINGYIQUAN: 1. Chuah Shangyang (Mas) 9.400, 2. Cheong Pui Seng (Mac) 9.343, 3. Christoph Hyunh (Ger) 9.233