PETALING JAYA: Compound archer Saritha Cham Nong will be looking to make a strong impression in her Asian Games debut in Incheon in September after guiding the women’s team to a historic silver medal in the just-concluded World University Archery Championships in Legnica, Poland.
Saritha banked on her international experience to guide Norhayati Al-Madihah Hashim and Sazatul Nadhirah Zakaria to reach the final before going down 13-16 to top seeds Mexico.
Malaysia were placed sixth on 1,952 points after the qualification rounds. Mexico topped the field with 2,043 points.
Malaysia enjoyed a first-round bye and stunned South Korea 13-9 to reach the last four.
Malaysia then beat seventh-ranked Poland 11-9 to enter the final before losing to Mexico. In the battle for the bronze, the United States beat Poland 12-10.
In the individual compound event, Saritha was Malaysia’s best performer. She reached the last 16 while Norhayati and Sazatul failed to clear the first round.
“Compound is not an Olympic sport but it has been included in the coming Asian Games for the first time.
“I did well in team event. In the individual event, I was beaten by eventual winner (D’Agostino Katia of Italy).
“My next target is to do well in the Asian Games,” said the 26-year-old, who represented the country when archery was contested at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
National recurve archer Atiq Bazil Bakri was the best performer in the men’s individual event. He stunned top-ranked Ku Dae-han of South korea 6-4 to reach the last eight. Atiq, however, lost 3-7 to Daniel Lucas of France in the quarter-finals.
London Olympian Haziq Kamaruddin Mohd and Muhd Shaiffuddin Mohd Kamro failed to clear the opening round. In the recurve team event, Malaysia reached the last eight.