PETALING JAYA: Malaysia can expect a golden harvest from the archers at the Philippines SEA Games from Nov 30 to Dec 11.
Based on the results from the last two Archery Asia Cup in Taiwan and the Philippines, head coach Lee Jae-hyung is optimistic our archers have what it takes to contest all 10 finals at the biennial Games.
In Taiwan last month, Malaysia bagged five gold medals. Juwaidi Mazuki contributed three from the men’s compound individual, team and mixed team with Iman Aisyah Norazam.
The women also came out tops in the recurve and compound.
Compound archers continued their hot streak by contributing another four golds in the Philippines last week.
Juwaidi won the compound individual and mixed team with Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh while two more came from the women’s individual and team.
“All five recurve and five compound events will be contested at the Games. We have a very good chance to reach the final in all events. Once we are in the final, it is already a 50-50 chance for the gold, ” said the South Korean coach.
“Our compound archers have been consistent and I think they coped well with the windy conditions at the Games venue in the Philippines.
“Our main threat, Indonesia, did not compete at the Archery Asia Cup. It may be due to budget or maybe they are not ready but we can expect them at the Archery Asian Championships in Bangkok (November).
“The championships will be the last event to gauge the strength of our rivals before the Games. I think we are on track to hit the five-gold target, ” added Jae-hyung.
Our archers finished as overall champions at the Kuala Lumpur Games two years ago with five golds, three silvers and two bronzes. Indonesia came in second with four golds, one silver and one bronze.