Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: After a devastating injury that left her leg barely held together, Angel Wong Hiu-Ying’s indomitable spirit saw her return to action at the recent China National Games in Tianjen.
The Hong Kong gymnast tore four major knee ligaments which had left her devastated.
But the 30-year-old is now preparing herself for the next year’s Asian Games.
“I didn’t go there to win medals. I wanted to get back to the field and get a feeling of the competition,” Wong was quoted as saying in South China Morning Post.
“The Tianjin event reminded me of a similar occasion when I walked into the O2 Arena representing Hong Kong at the 2012 London Games. Both meant so such to me.”
Hong Kong’s top gymnast for almost a decade before her injury, she was a bronze medallist at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, and the first Hong Kong gymnast to reach the Olympics.
Interestingly, she has a balance beam move named after her by FIG, world governing body.
Her dream to participate in the second Olympic Games lay shattered in 2015 following a fall from the asymmetric bars, tearing all the major ligaments in her left knee – medial and lateral, and both cruciates.
With the bones virtually detached from each other, many didn’t give her a chance of returning.
However, Wong had proved everybody wrong when she took part in the event last week.
“My doctor told me after the second surgery that he didn’t want to give me any false hope as it would be very difficult for me to get back to competition at the highest level,” said Wong.