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Wong Vaults with Confidence Toward Asian Games, Worlds
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After winning the bronze medal on vault at the recent FIG Challenger Cup in Doha, Angel Wong of Hong Kong told IG that she is eager for even better results in upcoming events including the Asian Games and world championships.

After winning the bronze medal on vault at the recent FIG Challenger Cup in Doha, Hiu Ying Angel Wong of Hong Kong told IG that she is eager for even better results in upcoming events including the Asian Games and world championships.

"Winning the bronze has really motivated me to get back into the gym and work even harder," said Wong, who will turn 27 next month. "Hopefully I can upgrade at least one of my vaults in time for the Asian Games."


Hiu Ying Angel Wong (Hong Kong)

Wong said she is now aiming for this fall's Asian Games in Incheon and worlds in Nanning. She placed 11th all-around and sixth on vault at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

"The Asian Games and world championships go one after the other," Wong said. "I would say the Asian Games is more important for me, and it only comes around once every four years! I think it works well that the Asian Games happens just before Worlds, so that I can really focus on that competition first. I reckon if I perform well at the Asian Games, that confidence will boost me to continue to do well at the worlds."

Wong said she was also pleased with her seventh-place vault finish at the FIG Challenger Cup/Tournament of Masters in Cottbus last month.

"We had a long break during the Chinese New Year and I had been recovering from injury, "she said. "So overall I was quite satisfied with my performance at Cottbus, although I performed better during qualifications than in finals. Cottbus was my first international competition this year. I consider it a ‘warm-up' competition, so to speak, to better prepare myself mentally for the upcoming meets."

Wong said competing on just vault made Cottbus a relaxing, educational experience for her.

"It wasn't too stressful, and I was also able to see what new upgrades and combinations other gymnasts were training," she said.

Wong said she will be especially busy in the coming months, since she is finishing her Masters degree in Sports and Leisure Management.

"By the end of July, I'll probably have everything done, and can really put 100 percent into preparation for the major competitions," she said. "We will most likely have a training camp just before the Games."

Wong competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but she is not making forecasts about her participation in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"I haven't really thought about Rio yet, but it would be wonderful to attend another Olympic Games," she said. "I try not to get ahead of myself or look too far. I'm at a point in my career where I feel I have no regrets, even if I quit now. I just want to enjoy gymnastics and take it one competition at a time."

For now, Wong is content to concentrate on the remainder of 2014.

"My focus is on doing well at the Asian Games and world championships this year, and then I will decide upon goals for next year," she told IG. "But I do hope to continue for as long as possible given that I stay healthy, and right now I feel great."

International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of Asian gymnasts includes:

China
Deng Linlin two-page center poster (April 2013)
He Kexin cover photo (January/February 2010)
Huang Huidan two-page center poster (March 2014)
"Unbelievable" – Li Ning feature (June 2011)
Liu Yang two-page center poster (December 2013)
Tan Sixin cover photo, 14-page photo feature on IG's visit to Chinese national training center (June 2011)
Yao Jinnan on cover photo collage (July/August 2012)

Hong Kong
"Ready to Rock" – Wai Hung Shek profile (July/August 2012)
"Hope for Hong Kong" – Angel Wong profile (January/February 2011)

Japan
"Routine Maestro" – profile on Code of Points illustrator Koichi Endo (March 2010)
Yuya Kamoto cover photo, 2010 Youth Olympic Games coverage (October 2010)
Natsumi Sasada on cover photo collage (July/August 2010)
"Twist of Fate" – Kenzo Shirai interview (January/February 2014)
"10 Questions with Naoya Tsukahara" – interview (September 2013)
Koko Tsurumi two-page center poster (October 2010)
"Virtuoso!" - Kohei Uchimura profile (April 2010)
Kohei Uchimura cover photo and center poster, 2011 World Championships special issue (December 2011)
"10 Questions with Kohei Uchimura" – interview (April 2012)
"10 Questions with Shuko Uchimura (Kohei's mother)" interview (July/August 2012)
Kohei Uchimura cover photo, 2013 World Championships special issue (November 2013)

Korea
"The Next Step" – Yang Hak Seon interview (October 2013)

Malaysia
"Tracie Ang Takes Aim at 2011" – profile (March 2011)

Qatar
"Desert Oasis" – feature on IG's visit to Qatar national training center (January/February 2012)

Singapore
"True to Form" – Lim Heem Wei profile (June 2012)

Uzbekistan
"Catching up with Irina Baraksanova" – profile and small cover photo (July/August 2010)
"Swing Shift" – Anton Fokin profile (January/February 2012)
"Angular Precision" – Elvira Saadi feature (April 2013)

Vietnam
Phan Thi Ha Thanh cover photo and profile, feature on IG's visit to Vietnamese national training center (January/February 2014)

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