Published: Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 8:20:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 8:31:52 PM

No golden arrow from men’s compound archers

The Malaysia men's archery compound team showing off their silver medal after narrowly losing to the Philippines in the final on Wednesday.

The Malaysia men's archery compound team showing off their silver medal after narrowly losing to the Philippines in the final on Wednesday.

NAYPYITAW: Compound archer Mohd Kaharuddin Ashah was consoled by his team-mates – Muhd Zaki Mahazam and Mohd Juwaidi Mazuki – but it could not mask his pain of having let the team down.

On Wednesday, Kaharuddin shot a six with his last arrow but what he needed was a nine in the men’s compound team final at the Wunna Theikdi Archery Range here.

This allowed Earl Benjamin Yap, Delfin Anthony Adriano and Ian Patrick Chipeco of the Philippines to make up a three-point deficit in the last end to beat Malaysia 221-218 to defend their gold medal.

Kaharuddin was crushed that Malaysia had to settle for a silver again.

“I am disappointed ...,” said Kaharuddin in a shaky voice.

He was also a member of the team who lost to the same Filipino team at the last Games in Indonesia two years ago.

“My performance wavered when it mattered most. I knew the team were depending on me ... but I could not control the shot,” he said.

“I am sorry that I let them down.”

Debutant Juwaidi, however, stood up for his team-mate.

“It could have happened to any one of us. We cannot blame anyone for letting slip a chance of winning the gold today. We did well to beat the fancied Thais in the semi-finals. A silver is still good enough,” said the 23-year-old Juwaidi.

The challenge of the women’s compound team – comprising Saritha Cham Nong, Nor Rizah Ishak and Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh – ended in a similar fashion in the semi-finals against Thailand.

All Rizah needed was to score at least an eight – but she missed the target. And the Thai girls – Rungtiwa Tongkhaw, Nareumon Junsook and Suvaporn Anutaraporn – went on to beat Malaysia 215-212.

Demoralised, the Malaysian archers could not lift their spirits and game in the third place playoff, going down 215-222 to hosts Myanmar.

Despite the narrow misses, Malaysia’s compound team can fly home with their heads held high after winning a total of two silvers and one bronze.

The other silver medal was won by Zaki-Saritha in the mixed doubles event. Saritha also took the bronze in the women’s individual event.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, archery


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