Archers arrow in on Games medals

  • Archery
  • Monday, 25 Nov 2019

Top of the crop: Juwaidi Mazuki (right) and Zulfadhli Ruslan are the current leaders in the compound discipline at the Asian Archery Championships in Bangkok.

JUWAIDI Mazuki sent Malaysia’s medal ambitions in the SEA Games compound discipline rocketing high with a superb start in the Asian Archery Cham-pionships in Bangkok.The 29-year-old finished on top at the end of the ranking rounds for the men’s individual event with 707 points at the end of 72 arrows.

Right behind is national teammate Zulfadhli Ruslan, who finished with 706.

M. Khambeswaran was placed 24th with 689 while Syahrizan Jafar was 28th with 680.

Malaysia ranked third in the team event with 2,102 points behind joint leaders India and South Korea (2,110).

Juwaidi has been in impressive form going into the Asian meet. He bagged three golds (individual, mixed team and team) at the Archery Asia Cup leg in Taipei, Taiwan, in August.

He continued the streak by claiming the individual and mixed team golds with Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh in the Archery Asia Cup leg in New Clark City, Philippines, in September.

He will be out to justify his billing as the top seed when the knockout stage begins today.

A strong finish will boost his confidence as he looks to stamp his mark in the Philippines by challenging for medals in the individual, mixed team and team events.

Seasoned campaigner Fatin placed ninth in the women’s compound individual event with 691 while Iman Aisyah Norazam was 14th with 684.

Nur Aina Yasmine Halim was 26th with 668 while Nurul Syazhera Mohd Asmi came in 32nd with 663.

Malaysia will be seeded fifth for the knockout stage of the women’s team event with their total of 2,043 points.

In the men’s recurve ranking rounds, Tokyo Olympics-bound archer Khairul Anuar Mohd was ranked fifth with 673 points while Mohd Zarif Syahir Zolkepli was 13th with 663.

Haziq Kamaruddin was 22nd with 652 points while Mohd Akmal Nor Hasrin was placed 67th with 619.

Malaysia were fourth in the team ranking rounds with 1,988 points behind Taiwan (1,998), India (2,014) and South Korea (2,035).
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