Double heartbreak for off-form Juwaidi

  • Archery
  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

JUWAIDI Mazuki (pic) slumped into the chair, shaking his head. The archer had come here with expectations of bagging three gold medals in compound discipline – but all hope of that happening is lost.

His chances of winning the individual gold was crushed when he lost by a single arrow to Thai archer Chatachot Nitiphum in the sudden-death play-off for a place in the semis.

Both archers were tied at 145-145 after five sets. The Thai archer also wrecked Malaysia’s hopes of a having a representative in the individual compound final tomorrow by beating Zulfadhli Ruslan, also by a single arrow in sudden death, in the semi-final.

Zulfadlhi can only hope to salvage a bronze in the men’s individual compound tomorrow as he goes up against Akbar Yoke of Indonesia.

There was more heartbreak when Juwaidi and his mixed doubles partner Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Saleh crashed out in the semis after a 148-153 defeat at the hands of Filipino pair Paul Marton Dela Cruz-Rachelle Anne Dela Cruz.

Juwaidi-Fatin will take on Indonesia’s Sri Ranti-Prima Wardhana for the bronze medal tomorrow.

Juwaidi’s only hope for salvation is in the men’s compound team event where they will face Indonesia in the final tomorrow.

Juwaidi, Zulfadhli and Syahrizan Jafar reached the final after beating Thailand 234-229 while the Indonesians edged Vietnam 222-220 in the semi-finals.

“Nothing came right for me in the afternoon as the wind changed direction,” said the 29-year-old Juwaidi, who won two golds in the Archery Asia Cup leg here two months ago.

“In qualifying earlier this week, I also set a new national record (709 points), so this defeat is hard to take.

Meanwhile, Fatin has a shot at going back with a gold in the women’s individual compound gold medal after beating Myanmar’s Hlaing Su Su 144-132 in the semis.

In the final tomorrow, Fatin will be up against Thai Kaewchomphu Kanoknapus.

The women’s compound team of Fatin, Iman Aisyah Norazam and Nurul Syazhera Mohd Asmi, however, exited the competition in the last eight with a 224-226 defeat by the hosts.

At the last Games , Malaysia bagged a total of five gold medals and had come here with an identical target ~ but three is the most they can achieve now.

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