Nur Afisa Abdul Halil strikes a pose after winning the women’s individual recurve final in the Sukma Games on Sunday. - FAIHAN GHANI/ The Star
KANGAR: It’s back to being friends for archers Nur Afisa Abdul Halil and Nur Naseha Rusli after locking horns in the Sukma women’s individual recurve final at the Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Polytechnic ground in Pauh.
The 16-year-old Nur Afisa of Negri Sembilan outclassed the 17-year-old Naseha of Penang 6-2 to win her first Sukma gold.
“I share a room with Naseha at the National Sports Complex in Kuala Lumpur. We are close friends and hang out together during our free time. We are only rivals during competitions,” said Nur Afisa on Sunday.
“We had a short chat before the final and we wished each other luck. She congratulated me after the win and everything is back to normal for us,” said Nur Afisa.
In the men’s individual recurve, Terengganu’s Muhammad Shaifuddin Mohd Kamro clinched his third Sukma gold after beating team-mate Muhamad Zarif Syahir Zolkepeli 6-4 in the final.
Shaifuddin had earlier won the 70m and 50m recurve golds on Thursday and Friday respectively. He has a chance to go for his fourth gold in the recurve team event on Tuesday.