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Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 1:23:00 PM
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Gold assured. Archers Atiq Bazil Bakri (left) and Mohd Khairul Anuar make it an all-Malaysian final in the individual recurve event at the Wunna Theikdi Archery Range on Sunday
NAYPYITAW: The flood in Kemaman, Terengganu, destroyed almost everything that his family owned but national archer Mohd Khairul Anuar never let it disrupt his focus.
Yesterday, the 22-year-old Olympian stayed cool to beat Thailand’s Witthaya Tham Wong of Thailand 7-1 (28-28, 27-26, 29-26, 29-27) to reach his second consecutive final in the men’s recurve individual at the Wunna Theikdi Archery Range.
Atiq Bazil Bakri made it a glorious day for Malaysia when he beat Indonesia’s Riau Ega Agata Salsabilla of Indonesia 6-0 (27-26, 26-25, 27-25) to make it an all-Malaysia final.
The final will be held today and Khairul is the favourite to nick it.
Khairul said the tragedy that struck his family prior to his arrival in Myanmar was in the back of his mind but he decided to put the nation’s interest his top priority.
“I was at the centralised camp with my team-mates when I heard my family’s home was submerged in flood waters. I could not contact my family for three days,” he said in a choked voice.
“I was distraught and wanted to leave camp and head back home. I could not concentrate. After three days, I finally got news that my family members were all safe.
“My mother (Kelsom Dollah) was really sad. She said that we lost everything in the house. They were unable to save anything. The only thing left was the television. My heart went out to her and I just wanted to dash home.
“But my family told me to concentrate on the Games. I have not seen them yet but I will certainly head to Kemaman after these Games,” added Khairul, who lost to compatriot Cheng Chu Sian in the final at the 2011 Games.
Although determined to make up for his disappointment at the last Games, Khairul said he would give due respect to 19-year-old Atiq.
“It is an all-Malaysian final but we promise to give a good performance.
“We enjoy pushing each other in training and we will do the same tomorrow,” said Khairul.
Atiq said he would not be overawed by the occasion when he competes in the final.
“Now that I am in the final in my first Games, I will go all out. I will raise my game,” he added.
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