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Malaysia's taekwondo exponent Jenny Fong receiving a kick in the face from Thanh Hien Nguyen of Vietnam. Jenny lost the bout to win the bronze in the Under-67kg event.
NAYPYITAW: Stage fright put paid to SEA Games debutant Jenny Fong’s hopes of qualifying for the taekwondo women’s Under-67kg final bout at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium here.
The 20-year-old from Sibu, Sarawak, had to be contented with a bronze medal after failing to use her left leg to kick during her semi-final bout against Vietnam’s Thanh Hien Nguyen.
Jenny, who received a bye straight into the semi-finals, chose to adopt a counter-attacking strategy for her bout against the Vietnam exponent on Thursday.
But the strategy failed as kicks using only her right leg were easily anticipated and blocked by her opponent.
Despite trailing 0-6 heading into the third and final round, cries from her corner to go into attack mode failed to rouse Jenny into action.
Instead, she waited for Thanh to make the first move, with the Vietnam exponent happy to protect her lead by running down the clock.
“I am unhappy with Jenny’s performance because she could have put on a better performance to fight for a final berth. She froze and failed to charge at her opponent even when she was trailing,” said the disappointed national coach Moi Chee Keong.
“In training, we made sure that she used her weaker left leg regularly. But everything learnt flew out of the window and she returned to her old habit of not moving the left leg.”
The 20-year-old college student was devastated with her performance despite securing a bronze medal.
“If you had asked me before the Games, I would have been happy to win a medal. But I am not happy now because the draw sent me straight into the semis and I blew the chance to get a gold or a silver,” said Jenny.
“I was searching for opportunities to attack but failed to find any openings. I am upset with my performance and feel that I could have done much better,” said Jenny, who won a bronze at the Asian University Games in South Korea earlier this year.
The gold medal in her event was won by Thailand’s Cassandra Haller, who defeated Thanh 11-2 in the final.
The other Malaysian in the fray on Thursday, P. Thinagaran, failed to qualify for the men’s Under-68kg semi-finals after being edged 4-5 by Myanmar’s Zaw Zaw in the opening round.
In the closely-contested bout, Thinagaran had a couple of pleas to be awarded points for accurate punches and kicks fall on deaf ears as the exponent from the host country went on to win.
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