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Celebrations on hold after Jowen Lim bags wushu bronze at World Combat Games

The champagne is still on ice for national wushu exponent Jowen Lim, even after back-to-back triumphs at the Asian Games and World Combat Games.

At the Hangzhou Asiad in September, the 25-year-old claimed a historic silver medal in the men’s daoshu and gunshu all-round event. He followed up with a bronze at World Combat Games in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Celebrations are on hold because of a hectic schedule that will see the athletes competing in three events in as many months, with the season finale at the Nov 16-20 World Wushu Championships in Texas.

Lim said on Tuesday: “I think this is the first time I have had back-to-back competitions so close together. There’s definitely no time for rest now. Usually after competitions, we would have a week of rest before we go into training again but this time around, we don’t have that luxury. In fact, I just got back to Singapore today and tomorrow I am back at training.

“My family is arranging for a short trip overseas in December after the World Championships. I will celebrate then.”

On his bronze medal at the World Combat Games, Lim said he is “ticking one off the list”, as it is the only competition that he has yet to win a medal in.

It has been a rewarding 2023 for Lim, who won a SEA Games gold in May and chased his Asiad silver with another achievement in Saudi Arabia, where his combined score of 19.516 helped him capture a bronze medal in the men’s daoshu and gunshu all-round event.

Former world champions, Indonesia’s Seraf Naro Siregar (19.519) and China’s Wu Zhaohua (19.583) won silver and gold respectively.

Singapore also bagged a silver in the men’s taolu taijiquan and taijijian courtesy of Tay Yu Xuan. In the women’s taolu jianshu and qiangshu, Le Yin Shuen was fourth, while Vera Tan was fifth in the women’s taijiquan and taijijian.

With his latest triumph, Lim plans to bank on his winning momentum and is targeting gold at the world championships.

Lim, who has three bronzes from previous editions, said: “I think gold is quite a realistic target. I’m still constantly improving and in wushu, the more you do it, the more you understand the movements, the more experience you have. The movements, the tempo and the choreography of your routines are definitely going to get better because you have more experience and a better understanding of the sport.”

For his teammate Tay, his silver medal was the perfect reponse to a disappointing debut at the Asian Games, where he succumbed to nerves and finished 15th in the men’s taijiquan and taijijian all-round.

There were no butterflies in his stomach this time as he notched a combined score of 19.453 to finish second. An Hyeon-Gi (19.493) of South Korea took the gold, while Philippines’ Jones Llabres Inso (19.339) won the bronze.

Tay said: “At the Asian Games, I didn’t meet the expectations I had of myself. So that motivated me quite a lot for this upcoming competition because I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it in front of everyone.

“This silver medal has definitely sparked some confidence in myself and I now have faith in my abilities to perform at stressful events like this.”

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