Guangzhou, China, 15 Nov – Veteran Wushu player Jia Rui wins Macau the first gold medal at the Guangzhou Asian Games in men’s Daoshu and Gunshu Combined on Sunday.
Jia, 23, a silver medallist at the 2002 Doha Asiad, scored 19.61 points to win the champion for the broadsword and staff competition under the Taolu category.
Jia Rui said it was a proud moment for him and his homeland.
“The gold medal not only belongs to me, but Macau,” he said.
Lee Jongchan from South Korea took the silver and Nguyen Manh Quyen snatched the first medal for Vietnam at Guangzhou by winning the bronze.
More than 140 players will compete for 15 gold medals in Wushu, a full contact sport derived from Chinese martial art. The Chinese, who founded the sport, are seen the favorites in the 10 events they will participate.
The sport comprises Taolu (set routines), and Sanshou boxing (free sparring).