A TWO-year training programme paid huge dividends for Malaysia’s silat seni (artistic) doubles exponents Mohd Taqiyuddin Hamid and Rosli Mohd Sharif.
The duo ended Indonesia’s domination by delivering the country’s first-ever gold medal in the event at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) yesterday.
They amassed 582 points to dethrone defending champions Hendy and Yolla Primadona Jumpil (554) of Indonesia for the gold.
Brothers Muhd Haziq and Nujaid Hasif Zainal Abidin clinched the bronze for Singapore (544).
Taqiyuddin and Rosli started their training programme immediately after finishing fourth at the Singapore SEA Games in 2015.
Their programme culminated with an intensive three-week training stint at Dalat mountain in Vietnam in June and another week-long spell at Fraser’s Hill last month.
“Our work for the KL Games began right after the SEA Games in Singapore,” said police L/Kpl Taqiyuddin.
“We were runners-up to the Indonesians at the World Championships in Bali recently. We knew we had closed the gap on them there.
“On our return, we just focused on executing our choreography to perfection.
“And today everything went perfectly for us.”
There will be little time to celebrate as they will resume training for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
“So, it’s back to training as we hope to win the gold there as well,” said full-time trainee Rosli.