PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s recurve trio of Khairul Anuar Mohamad, Atiq Bazil Bakri and Haziq Kamaruddin bounced back from their disastrous individual showing to reach the team semi-finals in the World Cup in Antalya, Turkey.
It was Malaysia’s best showing this season, having lost in quarter-finals at the season-opening leg in Shanghai followed by a first-round exit in Medellin, Colombia, last month.
Malaysia opened their first-round campaign by scoring an upset 5-3 (52-58, 57-52, 54-54, 54-53) win over London Olympics gold medallists Italy. They then went on to beat Asian Games rivals China 5-3 (56-57, 54-54, 58-54, 58-54) to book their spot in the last four.
But the Malaysians’ fine run came to an end when they succumbed 0-6 (54-59, 52-56, 52-58) to South Korea, led by world No. 1 Oh Jin-hyek.
Malaysia will face Japan, who lost 4-5 in the semi-finals to Russia, in the bronze medal playoff tomorrow.
If they pull through, Malaysia will claim their sixth medal in the World Cup series since 2009. They were placed second on four occasions (Boe, France, 2008, Antalya 2008, Shanghai 2011 and Medellin 2013) and third once (Antalya 2009).