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Published: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 2:48:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 2:49:33 PM

Fauzi fails to defend Tanding U-75kg gold

Pencak silat exponent Mohd Fauzi Khalid (right) in a file photo. He fell to Singapore's Mohd Nur Alfian 5-0 in the semi-finals of the Tanding Under-75kg event.

Pencak silat exponent Mohd Fauzi Khalid (right) in a file photo. He fell to Singapore's Mohd Nur Alfian 5-0 in the semi-finals of the Tanding Under-75kg event.

NAYPYITAW: National pencak silat exponent Mohd Fauzi Khalid failed in his bid to defend his Tanding Under-75kg gold medal, after losing to Singapore’s Mohd Nur Alfian 5-0 in the semi-finals at the Zeyar Thiri Indoor Stadium on Friday.

The 2009 and 2011 SEA Games gold medallist failed to recover from a injury to his left foot picked up in the quarter-final on Wednesday and lost out to an opponent whom he had always beaten in the past.

The police lance corporal, who had to settle for bronze following the loss, said that he’s disappointed with his performance but accepted that injuries are part and parcel of the sport.

The 26-year-old Fauzi added that he might take a break from silat and focus on his job before thinking about the next SEA Games in Singapore in 2015.

“Injuries are a norm in this sport ... I’m just unlucky to not recover in time. My left foot was swollen and I felt pain when I put my foot on the ground,” said Fauzi after his bout.

“I had a slow start in the first round before improving in the second and managed to close the gap in the final round but I was felled in the last five seconds. It blew my chances of winning the bout.

“This is my first defeat to Alfian in three meetings since 2010 ... I’m disappointed with the loss but life goes on and I have planned to focus on my career after going home.”

In the women’s Tanding Under-60kg category, Siti Zubaidah Che Omar also had to settle for the bronze medal after suffering a 5-0 defeat to Thailand’s Rewadee Damsri in the semi-final.

Tags / Keywords: silat, SEA Games, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Mohd Fauzi Khalid

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