Friday, 21 March 2014 | MYT 7:08 PM
Jae-hyung remains optimistic despite poor show in Bangkok
Haziq Kamaruddin was the top performer, finishing fifth in the men’s individual recurve at the Asian Grand Prix archery championships in Bangkok.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia returned empty-handed from the recent Asian Grand Prix archery championships in Bangkok.
Haziq Kamaruddin was the top performer, finishing fifth in the men’s individual recurve. In the team event, Haziq, Atiq Bazil Bakri and M. Norhairulnizam Rosdi finished eighth.
The only bright spark was the much improved showing from the women archers.
In the individual recurve, Nur Aliya Ghapar was best performer when she finished joint ninth.
As for the team event, Nur Aliya, Nur Afisa Abdul Halil and Farah Amalina Azhar combined for seventh spot.
National chief coach Lee Jae-hyung, however, remains optimistic for the upcoming tournaments despite the lacklustre show in Bangkok.
“The women’s team showed significant improvement. However, the men’s team failed to really shine due to inexperience,” said Jae-hyung.
“New rules were introduced in the Asian Grand Prix this time and the archers have yet to get used to it. However, the new rules will not be implemented at the Asian Games in South Korea which is our main focus for this year,” said Jae-hyung.
The next major meet will be Stage One of the World Cup in Shanghai from April 22-27.
“A maximum of four men and four women will represent Malaysia and Khairul Anuar Mohd (the top national archer) will compete if he recovers from his shoulder injury,” said Jae-hyung.