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Malaysia's Soman Roy (right) in action against Behbound Ali of Iran in the final of the kumite U-76kg event at the Asian Junior Karate Championships in KL on Saturday. - NORAFIFI EHSAN/ The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian karate team could only manage to win two silvers and a bronze on the second day of the Asian Junior Championships.
Seventeen-year-old Soman Roy came close to nicking the gold in the boys’ junior kumite below 76kg category before narrowly losing 1-0 to Iran’s Behboud Ali at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium (KLBA) in Cheras on Saturday.
Soman toiled to level the score after falling behind, but he failed in his attempt.
“I’m proud to win the silver, although I am disappointed I lost in the final.
“I thought I could win the gold even when I was trailing. I felt I could recover but it didn’t happen,” said Soman.
Malaysia earned their second silver through Cheras-born Pubathi Ravendran in the boys’ junior kumite below 68kg category. Pubathi never had a chance against Japan’s Nakono Soichiro, losing 9-1 in the final.
“I was too anxious to score points and he (Soichiro) got me on the counter attack,” said the 17-year-old Pubathi.
“This is a big tournament and I’m happy I managed to make it to the final in my first try. I intend to improve myself and I am sure I can get my gold medal next year,” he added.
Malaysia’s sole bronze of the day came from Aashnavy Sanan in the girls’ junior kumite below 59kg.
Earlier on the opening day on Friday, Khavin Raj clinched Malaysia’s first gold in the boys’ cadet kumite below 52kg. Besides the gold, Malaysia also clinched three bronzes.
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Soman Roy, karate, Asian Junior Championships, Pubathi Ravendran, Aashnavy Sanan
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