Nurul and Jason get their kicks sooner than expected


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  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

Moment to remember: Nurul Hidayah Abdul Karim (third from right) and Jason Loo Jun Wei celebrating after winning the taekwondo mixed pair poomsae event at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex yesterday. — Bernama

NURUL Hidayah Abdul Karim and Jason Loo Jun Wei were only paired up six months before the SEA Games.

But they bonded immediately and that made all the difference yesterday as they struck it right in the mixed pair poomsae event to win taekwondo’s first gold in the SEA Games at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex yesterday.

The duo, who were in sync throughout their routines to the delight of the spectators, collected 8.283 points to beat home favourites Jacob Nella and Rinna Babanto (8.233).

Thailand’s Pattarapong Sengmuang and Phenkanya Phaisankiattikun came in third with 8.099 respectively.

Nurul is grateful to the coaches as they had confidence in them.

“The coaches helped us to adapt quickly during training. We worked hard on our timing and synchronisation. It worked well today,” said the Sarawakian.

“Poomsae is a subjective sport, so we just did our best, and left the rest to the judges.

“It feels good to have one woman winner as none of the female athletes won any medals at the last SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur (2017).”

For Jason, winning gold in his first-ever SEA Games was awesome.

“I was nervous initially to perform in front of the crowd but once I was on the arena, I just focused on my element,” he said.

“I adjusted to the environment well and gave my best.”

In the last SEA Games, Malaysia won three golds, four silvers, and five bronzes.

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