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Myanmar Wushu Team Lauded for Achievement in World Sports For All Games
    2008-10-02 19:02:38     Xinhua
State-run newspaper The Myanma Alin Thursday praised the Myanmar wushu team for its achievement in the 4th World Sports For All Games from Sept. 26-30 in Busan, South Korea.

The Myanmar team, trained by Chinese coach Su Tongyu, grabbed two gold medals out of 15 in both Taolu and Sanshou at the Games, participated by over 100 players from 23 countries and regions including China, China's Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Myanmar stood third after China and China's Hong Kong, the paper said.

Out of six Myanmar athletes -- five in Taolu and one in Sanshou -- competed in the quadrennium world games, two won a pair of gold medals from Taolu and Sanshou events, it said.

Taolu player Aung Si Thu won gold medal in the men's Daoshu event, while silver and bronze medals went to Japanese and South Korean players. The only Sanshou player Si Si Sein beat South Korean player 2-0 in the final and grabbed gold medal in the women's 52-kilo event, while U.S. and Uzbetkistan players shared the bronze medal, it added.

Aung Si Thu was the winner in taolu double event in the last Asian Wushu Championship in Yangon, Myanmar in 2004, grabbed a gold and a bronze medals in the 24th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and a silver in the World Wushu Championship last year, while Si Si Sein got a silver medal in the 24th SEA Games.

Meanwhile, two Myanmar wushu players, Asung Si Thu and Sandi Oo, competed in Taolu event in the Invitational Wushu competition in Beijing, China in August, finishing fifth and seventh respectively in the competition.

A four-member Myanmar wushu team, comprising two Sanshou (Chinese kickboxing) players, took part in the Fourth World Sanshou Cup tournament in Harbin, China from Sept. 19 to 21.

Saw Kyaw Soe Moe competed in men's 52kg and Naw Mar Tun in women's 48kg, and both of them grabbed bronze medals in the world sanshou tournament.

Myanmar hosted the 6th Asian Wushu Championship in November 2004, attracting more than 500 athletes, coaches and officials from 25 countries and regions. Myanmar stood third after China and Vietnam with 5 golds, 8 silvers and 9 bronzes.

Myanmar grabbed seven medals -- one gold, two silver and four bronze, in the 24th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Thailand in December 2007, of which one gold and two bronze medals from the taolu event and two silver and two bronze medals from the sanshou event.
 
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