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Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 8:12:00 PM
Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 10:00:39 PM
by starsport team
National pencak silat exponents Nur Syazreen A Malik and Nor Hamizah Abu Hassan handed the silat team their first gold medal after winning the women’s Tempur double event at the Zeyar Thiri Indoor Stadium on Friday.
The gold medal kept the team on course to achieve their three gold target with two more Tanding category exponents competing in the final on Sunday.
Games debutants Syazreen aand Hamizah collected 572 points for the gold, while, Vietnam pair Thi Thu Ha Nguyen and Thi Lang Nguyen collected 568 points for the silver.
Myanmar’s Khin Thet Mon Oo and Su Myat Mon finished third with 567 points.
National silat team manager Datuk Osman Nok said the gold was not unexpected.
“We reached our aim for the day and it kept us on track to achieve our target of three gold medals in Myanmar,” said Osman.
“I’m happy with the girls’ performance ... they did well for the win despite being newcomers to the SEA Games.”
Malaysia’s hopes of achieving the medal target lies firmly on the shoulders of two defending champions in the Tanding event – Al Jufferi Jamari (Under-70kg) and Ahmad Shahril Zainuddin (Under-60kg) who will compete in the final on Sunday.
On Friday, defending champion Mohd Fauzi Khalid, who was expected to retain his Under-75kg gold medal, was defeated by Singapore’s Mohd Nur Alfian 5-0 in the semi-final.
Newbie Siti Zubaidah Che Omar also failed to advance to the final following a 5-0 defeat to Thailand’s Rewadee Damsri in her semi-final bout.
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silat, SEA Games, Nur Syazreen A. Malik, Nor Hamizah Abu Hassan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw
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