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Published: Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 6:15:00 PM
Updated: Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 6:23:42 PM

Tame affair from taekwondo exponents

According to national taekwondo coach Moi Chee Keong, Malaysian fighters lacked height and exposure, and some also have stage fright.

According to national taekwondo coach Moi Chee Keong, Malaysian fighters lacked height and exposure, and some also have stage fright.

NAYPYITAW: Debutant T. Shakila Dharshini came to Naypyitaw with high hopes of returning with a medal in taekwondo.

The Malaysian Taekwondo Association (MTA) were also banking on her to deliver a medal in the Games after she won a silver medal in the Islamic Solidarity Games in Palembang in October.

But the 21-year-old Ipoh-born exponent had the shock of her life after being humiliated by world junior champion Panipak Wongpattanakit of Thailand in the first round of the women’s below 46kg category.

The lanky Panipak, who won gold in the World Junior Championships in Jakarta in May, humbled Shakila 17-0.

It was the worst ever result – and beating – any Malaysian exponent had received in the taekwondo competition in Naypyitaw.

Shakila, who is only 160cm (5ft 4in) tall, was speechless when asked about her bout against the Thai exponent, who is 12.7cm (5in) taller.

“She was not only taller than me ... she attacked me as if I was a punching bag,” said Shakila, who is a gym instructor.

“The Thai girl is younger than me but she is fast with her kicks and punches.

“The Myanmar SEA Games is only my second international competition ... it is also my worst.

“This is a good lesson for me. It clearly shows that I lack international exposure and I’m nowhere near the standard of the SEA Games exponents.

“I have to train much harder to improve my technique and also build my confidence before I compete overseas next year,” said Shakila, who wants to join the police force.

Another Malaysian exponent, Lai Woon Teik also failed to win a medal after losing 3-0 to Indonesia’s Aggieseftyan Prasbowo in the first round of the men’s below 54kg category.

Malaysia ended the taekwondo competition with one silver and five bronzes.

In Jakarta two years ago, they won two silvers and five bronzes.

The last Malaysian taekwondo exponent to win gold was Che Chew Chan in the women’s below 80kg category in Vientiane in 2009.

“Most of our exponents are young and new to the Games. Despite their lack of experience, some gave a strong challenge in the Games.

“However, a few of them not only lacked height and exposure but some of them also had stage fright,” said national coach Moi Chee Keong.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, taekwondo

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