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Published: Monday December 9, 2013 MYT 10:43:00 PM
Updated: Monday December 9, 2013 MYT 10:50:48 PM

Silat: Helmi gives as good as he gets

Mohd Helmi (right) gets a blow to his mouth from a Filipino fighter in pencak silat but came back to win the bout to advance to the semi-finals on Monday at the Myanmar SEA Games. - The STAR

Mohd Helmi (right) gets a blow to his mouth from a Filipino fighter in pencak silat but came back to win the bout to advance to the semi-finals on Monday at the Myanmar SEA Games. - The STAR

PENCAK silat exponent Mohamed Helmi is one tough guy.

Despite bleeding as a result of a cut on his lower lips after a punch by Jul Omhar of the Philippines, Helmi continued to battle on and eventually won 5-0 in the men’s below 55kg quarter-final bout at the Zeyar Thiri Indoor Stadium on Monday.

Helmi will face Thailand’s Panja Ngonentim in the semi-finals on Thursday. Panja, who received first round bye, beat Bo Thammavongsa of Laos 5-1.

Helmi, who is competing in his third SEA Games, said that Jul hit his lips three times in the three-round contest.

“He should be disqualified for using his fist. I am disappointed that the referee did not stop the contest,” said the 28-year-old Helmi, who won the silver in the World Championships in Bangkok in 2011.

Helmi, however, faces an uphill task in the semi-finals. He lost to Panja in a friendly competition in Kuala Lumpur last year.

“I have been training hard since early this year. I will go all out to beat Panja for a place in the final,” said Helmi.

 

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Nyapidaw, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, silat

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