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Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 8:50:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 8:51:27 PM

Al Jufferi close to defending silat gold

Mohd Al Jufferi Jamari will be going up against Dang Toan Thang of Vietnam in the pencak silat Under-70kg final.

Mohd Al Jufferi Jamari will be going up against Dang Toan Thang of Vietnam in the pencak silat Under-70kg final.

NAYPYITAW: National silat exponent Mohd Al Jufferi Jamari is one step away from defending his pencak silat SEA Games gold medal after advancing to the final of the men’s Under-70kg category at the Zeyar Thiri Indoor Stadium.

Al Jufferi defeated Thailand’s Somkid Rakjun 5-0 in Thursday's semi-finals to set up a showdown with Dang Toan Thang of Vietnam.

Another Malaysia exponent, Ahmad Shahril, is also through to the final in the Under-65kg category after he beat Thailand’s Pornteb 5-0 in the semi-finals.

Ahmad will face Myamar’s Kyaw Naing Thun for the gold medal.

Two other Malaysian exponents – Mohd Helmi Abdul Aziz and Mohd Saiful Syazwan – failed to get past their semi-final bouts.

Helmi fell 5-0 to Nanthachai Khansakhon of Thailand while Syazwan lost 5-0 to Mohd Adhan of Indonesia.

The 21-year-old Al Jufferi, a surprise gold medallist in the last edition of the SEA Games in Palembang two years ago, said that would need to get his focus right before facing the Vietnamese in the final.

“Toan Thang won’t be an easy opponent in the final ... especially after he has beaten home favourite Kyaw Swar Win 5-0 in the semi-finals,” said Al Jufferi.

“I had some doubts before the match after watching two of my team-mates getting knocked out, but I quickly reminded myself to refocus.

“Then, during the bout, I lost focus again after being struck in the face by Somkid ... I can’t afford to make the same mistakes in the final.

“I’m sad that my two team-mates failed to make the final. I will try to win the gold medal for them. We have two more days before the final ... I think that gives us enough time to prepare.”

Tags / Keywords: silat, SEA Games, Myanmar, Malaysia, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Mohd Al Jufferi Jamari

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