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Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 8:20:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 8:21:58 PM

Helmi picks up bronze, injury in silat

Mohd Helmi Abdul Aziz (right) won his bout against Jul-Omhar of the Philippines before going on to win the bronze in the Under-55kg pencak silat event at the SEA Games.

Mohd Helmi Abdul Aziz (right) won his bout against Jul-Omhar of the Philippines before going on to win the bronze in the Under-55kg pencak silat event at the SEA Games.

NAYPYITAW: National pencak silat exponent Mohd Helmi Abdul Aziz will always look back on the Myanmar SEA Games as a “painful” experience.

Helmi, competing in his third SEA Games, could only win the bronze medal after losing his Under-55kg semi-final bout 5-0 to Thailand’s Nanthachai Khansakhon at the Zeyar Thiri Indoor Stadium in Nyapyitaw on Thursday.

Helmi got off to a nervy start in the first round, lost his focus in the second round – after the bout was stopped for almost two minutes due to a technical problem – and was handed a thrashing by Nanthachai.

The 28-year-old Helmi tried to claw his way back in the third round but it was in vain. Anyway, his performance was also hampered by an abdominal injury he picked up in the second round.

Helmi was taken to the venue medical officer after the bout and rushed to the Pobba Thiri Council Hospital for treatment.

Helmi had earlier suffered cuts on his lips in the quarter-finals, after being punched by Jul Omhar of the Philippines on Tuesday.

Team manager Datuk Osman Nok said that Helmi had complained of abdominal pain during his fight (against Nanthachai) and that the pain worsened after the bout.

“We expected Helmi to advance to the final ... but he went down tamely in the semi-final,” said a frustrated Osman on Thursday.

“Helmi started off shakily and it went downhill from there ... he lost focus and picked up an injury. It’s quite disappointing because we had high hopes on him.

“He was taken to hospital by the medical team ... I think it’s most likely a muscle tear. But let’s wait and see what the doctor says.”

Tags / Keywords: silat, SEA Games, Malaysia, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Mohd Helmi Abdul Aziz

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