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Early knockout  

MOHD Nazri Mat Yusof was the first Malaysian casualty in boxing when he was outclassed 7-23 by Thailands Kiaw Pangpayoon in the quarter-finals of the 45kg competition at the La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City yesterday. 

But Mohd Zamzai Azizi, the bronze medallist in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, has been assured of the bronze in the 48kg division. He received a bye into the semi-finals and will fight for a place in the final on Friday. 


More woes  

IT was another bleak day for Malaysia in the snooker and billiards competition yesterday. The eight-ball doubles team of Ibrahim Amir and Patrick Ooi failed to get past the first round, losing 5-9 to Filipinos Antonio Gavica and Alvin Corteza. 

On Sunday, the snooker team were also knocked out in the first round beaten 1-3 by Singapore. 


Bird watching  

THE Philippines police are wary of the possibility that foreign delegates to the Games might be carriers of the deadly bird flu.  

They issued a health warning to all participants and advised everyone to wash their hands, especially after using the toilets. 


Taken for a ride  

It’s common for Malaysian journalists covering the Games to tour Manila using its famous jeepneys (like the old mini-buses in Kuala Lumpur) or just walking around.  

But some adventurous ones preferred the horse carriage for their sightseeing, only to be fleeced. When asked why it cost US$50 (RM190) for a 15-minute ride the reply they got was that food and medical treatment for the upkeep of horses was expensive. 


Show stealer  

Every year, Nov 28 is a public holiday in the Philippines as a mark of remembrance of the nation's warriors. Thousands usually converge at Manila's Rizal Memorial Park and Liwang Bonifaciao to pay tribute to Jose Rizal, Philippines father of independence and Andres Bonifacio, who led a rebellion against their Spanish colonists. 

However, because of the SEA Games being held in Manila this year, only a few people turned up at these places, probably because most are involved in one way or another in the Games. 


An eye-opener 

Things began to heat up for the Malaysian contingent on hearing that Roslinda Samsu had broken the women's Games pole vault record en route to winning the gold medal at the Rizal Memorial Stadium here. 

For the Malaysian media, however, things got heated even before they entered the stadium. Upon arriving, they were “greeted” by a stark-naked woman roaming outside the arena. 

Though shocked by this unexpected event, Roslinda's victory helped take their minds away from thinking about it too much.  

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