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Kin Hang wins the first medal for Macao in China

Kuok Kin Hang wins the first medal for Macao in China

Macao karateka Kuok Kin Hang made history in Xi’an on Saturday, delivering the Special Administrative Region’s first-ever medal at China’s National Games in the men’s karate.

Kuok Kin Hang, a gold medalist at the 2013 East Asian Games, beat Song Zhengwang from Zhejiang Province to claim the bronze in the men’s kata (routine) event.

This is the first time that a Macao athlete has stepped on the National Games podium since the region made its debut at China’s quadrennial multi-sport event in 2001.

“I’m glad to take this honor. It’s a special moment for Macao sports. It means that Macao athletes can do something on this big stage,” said Kuok.

The 28-year-old was close to winning a medal at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, where he lost to South Korea’s Park Hee-hun in the men’s karate kata competition.

“I kept pushing myself and didn’t eat too much since yesterday. It’s my first time competing at the National Games, and I was hungry to win a medal for my team,” he said.

“I’m so glad to compete with other Chinese competitors on such a huge stage since I haven’t had any events outside Macao because of the pandemic,” Kuok added. 

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