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Published: Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 4:12:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 4:25:37 PM

Taekwondo: Abdul fights through pain for bronze

Taekwondo exponent Abdul Hemi Mohamed on his way to the hospital for an X-ray. He fractured his right hand but continued fighting despite the pain in the taekwondo competition at the SEA Games. He won the bronze in the Under-74kg event.

Taekwondo exponent Abdul Hemi Mohamed on his way to the hospital for an X-ray. He fractured his right hand but continued fighting despite the pain in the taekwondo competition at the SEA Games. He won the bronze in the Under-74kg event.

NAYPYITAW: Tragedy struck debutant Abdul Hemi Mohamed on the first day of the taekwondo competition at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium.

The 29-year-old exponent from Port Klang fractured his right hand off a kick by Filipino Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison in the men’s below 74kg category semi-final on Wednesday.

The Malaysian suffered the injury when he was trailing 6-10. He was in pain but continued to fight despite the injury.

In the quarter-finals, Abdul faced a strong challenge from Myanmar’s Kyaw Myo Tun before winning by one point (7-6).

Abdul, who won the bronze after losing the semi-final bout, was later sent to the hospital for an X-ray.

Although he lost 17-8 to Samuel, Abdul was praised for his fighting spirit by coach Moi Chee Keong.

“He was in pain after fracturing his hand but he did not stop and continued to fight until the bout ended,” said Chee Keong.

“It was his first SEA Games and he has shown no fear or pain against his opponent.

“He is a committed exponent, who fought despite the pain to win the bronze.

“Abdul was taken to the hospital for an X-ray. We hope that he will recover soon,” said Chee Keong.

Malaysia also won two bronze medals in the men’s individual and team poomsae.

Teenager Yong Jin Kun gave his best in the men’s individual poomsae (exhibitions) event but he had to be satisfied with the bronze.

Only six competitors took part in the event and the 18-year-old from Kuala Lumpur registered 7.910 to win the bronze.

Vietnam’s Anh Minh Le was also awarded the bronze with the same score.

Myanmar’s Thaw Zin Han accumulated 8.400 points to win the gold while Filipino Vidal Marvin Gabriel amassed 8.035 points for the silver.

Jin Kun bagged his second bronze in the men’s team poomsae, along with Choo Hong Kai and Kok Jun Ee after they accumulated 7.400 points to finish joint third with the Thai trio of Chaiyasit Kwanboon, Pongporn Suvittayaara and Poonpattara Bunlop.

Filipino Gabriel with the Mella brothers of Dustin Jacob and Raphael Enrico won the gold with a total of 7.920 points.

Indonesia’s Maulana Haidir, Muhamad Fazza Fitracahyant and Muhammad Abdurrahman Wahyu took the silver with a score of 7.590 points.

Jin Kun, who won the bronze in the Islamic Solidarity Games in Palembang in October, said he is happy to win his first two medals in the Games.

“In the last Jakarta Games, I only managed to finish fifth in the individual poomsae event.

“But here in Naypyitaw, I have made progress and my points are getting closer to the other poomsae exponents here.

“In two years’ time I should be able to improve further to win the gold in Singapore,” said Jin Kun.

Tags / Keywords: taekwondo, Myanmar, Malaysia, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Abdul Hemi Mohamed, Yong Jin Kun

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