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Mohd Fareez Rosli (left) and Mohd Khairul Anuar share a light moment at the SEA Games. Khairul was not too pleased although he earned top seeding in the knockout stage of the men’s recurve individual event as he wanted to achieve a higher personal target.
NAYPYITAW: It was a day for debutant archer Atiq Bazil Bakri to cherish in the SEA Games after he made the cut for the knockout stage but he was far from pleased.
On Saturday, the sweat-soaked 19-year-old Atiq did better than his Olympian compatriot Haziq Kamaruddin to qualify for the men’s recurve individual after finishing third in a 21-member field at the Wunna Theiki Archery Range,
He will join his more illustrious team-mate and Olympian Mohd Khairul Anuar when the opening round starts on Sunday.
Olympian Khairul, who missed out on a gold after losing to his former team-mate Cheng Chu Sian in the final of the last SEA Games in Jakarta, finished top after the 72-arrow qualifying round with a score of 668.
Indonesian Riau Ega Agata Salsabilla came in second with 657 while Atiq came in third with 655.
Burly Haziq came in ninth with 645.
Each country can only have two representatives in the men’s individual recurve based on the qualifying score.
Although pleased that he is now on track to win a medal in his first SEA Games, Atiq wished he had shot better.
“I came here with the intention of improving my personal best of 660 but I was three shots behind,” he said.
“I could handle the searing heat and it was not as windy as I thought it would be. Today, it all boiled down to me ... I was a bit nervous in the beginning and I felt that I could have done slightly better.”
Khairul was also disappointed with his score despite earning top seeding in the knockout stage.
“I was hoping to shoot 675 at least. I may have made it as the top-ranked archer but the satisfaction is not there,” he said.
“Hopefully, we will bounce back. Based on today’s qualifying round, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia will be our main challengers.”
Malaysia are targeting to defend two gold medals from the men in both the individual and team events.
Meanwhile, the women’s challenge wilted under the scorching heat with the top performer being Farah Amalina Azhar at 16th spot with a poor 592 score.
Indonesia made it a top three finish but the dark horse is expected to be Myanmar’s Thin Thin Khine, who came in at the seventh position with 620.
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archery, SEA Games, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Malaysia, Atiq Bazil Bakri, Haziq Kamaruddin, Mohd Khairul Anuar
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