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Former men’s artistic gymnastics whiz, Ng Shu Wai (5th from right), is on course to repeating Sea Games success as a coach. Pic courtesy from Ng Shu Wai Facebook

FORMER men’s artistic gymnastics whiz, Ng Shu Wai, is on course to repeating Sea Games success as a coach.

The 2004 Olympian made his SEA Games competitive debut in the Kuala Lumpur edition in 2001, claiming two gold and two silver medals, then enjoyed better success at the 2005 SEA Games competition here — at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum — with a medal haul of three gold and a silver.

Afterwards, the 34-year-old competed in the Athens Olympics and brought home the silver from the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in 2006.

After retiring in 2007, Shu Wai returned to the national set up as coach in late 2015, assisting Russian coach, Natalia Sinkova.

His first test as coach was the SEA Games in Malaysia two years ago where the artistic gymnastics team won five gold, four silver and two bronze medals.

In the midst of a coaching session at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum recently, he told Bernama: “So, I am now doing one circle again for myself. I feel very excited and it’s a very good memory for me. I am very proud to bring our gymnasts here to win medals at the same place.

As of today, Ng and Sinkova have ensured the national artistic gymnastics team return home with a 5-1-3 (gold-silver-bronze) haul from the total 12 golds at stake. - BERNAMA

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