It’s crunch time as Malaysia try to meet or surpass target

CAN Malaysia meet or surpass their seven-gold medal target?

It will be make or break for the national contingent today as all eyes will be on the men’s squash and hockey teams as they make their final push to deliver two golds for Malaysia on the penultimate day of the Indonesia Asian Games.

Malaysia have six gold medals so far and are hoping for squash to deliver the seventh and hockey the eighth. Malaysia’s squash team will take on top seeds Hong Kong at 6pm Malaysian time while the men’s hockey team will clash with Japan at 9pm Malaysian time.

Malaysia had their chances to accomplish their goal yesterday, but they missed out on one of the two targeted golds.

Sailor Fauzi Kaman Shah, as expected, won the Laser 4.7 competition after holding unassailable lead heading into the 12th and last race.

However, track cycling ace Azizulhasni Awang, who won the nation's fifth gold in sprint on Thursday, fell short for a grand double in keirin yesterday and finished third.

Today, Malaysia have a better chance in hockey.

Chef de mission Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Zabidi said: “We can definitely count on our men’s hockey team to deliver. They should be able to beat Japan, if past head-to-head records are of any indication.

Besides Fauzi, the other gold medal winners are Azizul (men’s sprint); Rafiq Ismail (men’s Masters) and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi and Esther Cheah (women’s trios) in bowling; squash queen Nicol David (women’s singles); and Muhd Norhaffizi Abd Razak, Farhan Adam, Mohd Azlan Alias, Muhd Zulkifli Abdul Razak and Muhd Syahir Rosdi (men’s regu) in sepak takraw.

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