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Khairul Anuar Mohamad in a file photo. The archer is hoping to bag gold medals in the individual, team and also the mixed team recurve events.
NAYPYITAW: This is a good hunting ground for Malaysia’s top archer Khairul Anuar Mohamad.
The 22-year-old from Kemaman, Terengganu, featured in the pre-SEA Games competition in Naypyitaw in January where he won two golds in the men’s individual and team recurve events.
He also bagged the silver in the mixed team event.
Khairul, who is ranked 10th in the world in the recurve event, has his heart set on winning three gold medals at the SEA Games.
Khairul, who had his first training session at the archery venue on Wednesday morning, said that he wants to live up to his billing of top-ranked archer in South-East Asia.
“My only fear is failing to achieve my target. It will be a blow to me and also the Malaysian Archery Federation (MAF), who are banking on me to deliver three golds,” said Khairul, who will be featuring for the second time in the Games.
“I made my debut at the Indonesia SEA Games in 2011 where I won the gold in the recurve team event but lost the individual gold to team-mate Cheng Chu Sian.
“But this time I am gunning for three golds in the individual, team and also the mixed team,” said Khairul, who has done well in international tournaments this year.
Khairul led his team-mates Atiq Basli Bakri and Mohd Fareez Rosli to win the gold in the recurve event at the Asian Grand Prix in Bangkok in April.
He became the first Malaysian ever to win an individual medal in the fourth leg of the World Cup in Shanghai in 2011 where he was defeated in the final of the men’s individual recurve event by American Joe Fanchin.
He also won two golds in the individual and team events at the Asian Championships in Tehran in 2011.
Khairul, who reached the quarter-finals in the 2012 London Olympics, said that many archers are complaining about the strong winds in Naypyitaw.
“For me, this is not a problem as I competed here in January and am used to the windy conditions.
“I just need to stay focused and hit the bull’s-eye when the competition begins on Friday,” said Khairul.
When asked who his strongest challengers would be, Khairul named his team-mate Atiq and the archers from Indonesia and hosts Myanmar.
Malaysia will be represented by 16 archers comprising eight men and eight women.
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