Karate: Rueful Syakilla aim to bounce back in 2016

SEPANG: Syakilla Salni Jefry Krisnan returned home with a silver from the World Karate Championships with a tinge of disappointment.

The 23-year-old had to settle for the silver in the women’s kumite below 61kg after losing 0-1 to Egyptian Giana Lofty in the final in Bremen, Germany, on Saturday.

Syakilla said the defeat was a bitter pill to swallow.

“I didn’t realise my dream. I was targeting for the gold as I was very confident after winning the Asian Games gold (in Incheon, South Korea, last month).

“I got too excited after reaching the final in Germany. I didn’t handle the situation well.

“I am disappointed not to win the gold as I knew I could have done better than that. I will learn from my experience and come back stronger at the next World Championships in Austria in 2016.

“Two years is not that long and I will keep myself in shape,” said the Klang-born Syakilla.

It has been a remarkable season for Syakilla. To date, she has won RM120,000. The silver is worth RM40,000 and she will also receive RM80,000 for winning the Asiad gold under the National Sports Council (NSC) incentive scheme.

The year, however, is not over yet for Syakilla as she will be defending her national title at the end of this month in Ipoh.

“I will pursue a course in culinary arts next year but I will continue training. It is unfortunate I can’t defend my title as karate is not included in next year’s Singapore SEA Games, but there is the Asian Championships (venue not decided yet),” she added.   

Malaysia returned with their best-ever showing in Bremen with the trio of Hoe Thomson, Emmanuel Leong and Ricky Leong winning a bronze in the men’s kata team.

The one silver and one bronze helped Malaysia to an 11th placing out of 19 countries in the medal standings.  

Malaysia’s previous best haul was a bronze in the 2002 edition in Madrid through S. Premila in the women’s kumite Open.

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