Tammy Tan, Wushu exponent, won Malaysia’s first ever gold medal in the World University Games in Chengdu, People’s Republic of China, on Sunday.
Tammy, who celebrated her 22nd birthday on Thursday, represented Malaysia in the World University Games. She played well in the women’s Qiangshu event to collect 9.613 points at the Chengbei Gymnasium.
Tammy Tan received the gold medal. Macau’s Weng Ian Wong received the silver medal, while Lydia Sham from Hong Kong received the bronze medal.
Tammy’s victory ended Malaysia’s 32-year wait for gold in the competition. Earlier, Malaysia won three silver and four bronze medals during the 2017 edition in Taiwan.
Datuk Dr Pekan Ramli, national contingent management chairman, has said that Tammy Tan’s historic gold medal at the World University Games in China will pave the way for more athletes to win gold.
He reportedly said, “To be honest, we knew that Tammy had the potential to finish on the podium, but we did not expect her to win the gold. It has been difficult for us to win a gold medal prior to this. Tammy has now broken down this barrier and other athletes in the country will see that it is possible to do it. “
In total, Malaysia has now reportedly won one gold medal and three bronze medals in Chengdu from wushu. Pekan also aims for at least one more medal before the competition ends on August 8. He further said, “I believe our best chance for another medal will come through the ongoing badminton event.”
The FISU World University Games, formerly the Universiade, is an international multi-sport tournament for university athletes.
The 31st summer edition of the FISU World University Games is taking place in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. The Asian Games is also set to be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 23 to October 8.