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Published: Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 6:17:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 6:39:11 PM

Tired horse fails Shoorendran in showjumping

N. Shoorendran in a file photo. He only managed fifth placing in the showjumping event on Dec 18, 2013.

N. Shoorendran in a file photo. He only managed fifth placing in the showjumping event on Dec 18, 2013.

NAYPYITAW: There was no golden glitter for Malaysia on the final day of the equestrian event in Myanmar SEA Games at the National Equestrian Centre here.

The national showjumpers failed to finish on the podium in the individual event, with the best achievement being N. Shoorendran’s fifth placing on Wednesday.

Singapore’s Janine Khoo picked up the gold medal while Thailand’s Jaruporn Limpichati and Indonesian Jendry Palandreng won the silver and bronze respectively.

Shoorendran blamed his horse Perfecting Ruby for his poor result, claiming it got tired in the second round.

“I had targeted a medal in the event today but couldn’t achieve it,” said 20-year-old Penangite.

“I got off to a good start but my horse couldn’t cope in the second round. The course was too challenging ... the slopes before the obstacles were steep and my horse struggled.”

Team coach Syed Omar Syed Abu Bakar AlMohdzar admitted that he didn’t expect any medals in the individual event, although “we should have won the gold medal in the team event on Monday”.

“Our target was a gold medal in the team event ... the riders wilted under the pressure,” said a disappointed Syed Omar.

“We didn’t set any targets in the individual event because our opponents are quite strong at this Games.”

The national equestrian team, who were not set any medal targets, have been the surprise package after delivering three gold medals – in dressage and the endurance individual and team events.

Tags / Keywords: equestrian, Malaysia, Myanmar, SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Shoorendran, showjumping

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