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Mohd Khairul Anuar (left) beat fellow Malaysian Atiq Bazil Bakri to win the SEA Games men's recurve individual gold medal on Moday. _ Filepic
NAYPYITAW: There was huge grin on the face of Olympic archer Khairul Anuar Mohd at the Wunna Theikdi Archery Range.
The 22-year-old Khairul was pleased as punch after living up to his reputation as the best in the region when he overcame windy conditions to beat rookie team-mate Atiq Bazli Bakri 7-1 (29-28, 29-29, 28-24, 27-18) in the all-Malaysian men’s recurve individual final on Monday.
It was his first SEA Games gold – having lost to Cheng Chu Sian in the SEA Games final in Jakarta two years ago.
There was more good news awaiting him the moment he finished.
National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, who was at the range, told him that they would provide monetary assistance to him and the other athletes whose families were affected by the floods in the East Coast.
And Khairul was thrilled to bits.
“I’m so happy. My gold medal here will certainly cheer up my family back home,” said Khairul, who will pocket RM20,000 for collecting the gold medal under the NSC incentive scheme.
His family in Kemaman, Terengganu, was affected by the floods in East Coast and lost almost everything.
“I am thankful and grateful to the NSC for their help too,” he said.
On his victory, Khairul was sympathetic towards the 19-year-old Atiq.
“I expected a tougher fight from him but he ran out of steam half way through the match,” said Khairul.
“I understand because I went through the same two years ago in the SEA Games final. I was a rookie like him and I went down easily to Chu Sian. I learnt from it ... I hope Atiq will also come out of this richer in experience.”
Debutant Atiq was disappointed, especially after shooting a poor score of 4, 8 and 6 in the last end.
“It was my worst score. I started well but allowed nerves to get to me. The wind was strong but I should have been stronger mentally to handle the situation,” said Atiq.
“I have won a silver medal in my first SEA Games but I am not satisfied. I will be playing in the team event tomorrow and I promise to play my role to win a gold medal.”
Malaysia are the top seeds in the men’s team event.
The three-member team of Khairul, Atiq and Haziq Kamaruddin have been given a bye and will take on the winner of the match between Vietnam and Myanmar in the semi-final.
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