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.