HANGZHOU: Debutant Mohd Arif Afifuddin has put himself in a position to deliver a gold for Malaysia in the Asian Games karate competition today after storming to the men's below 84kg final at Linping Sports Gymnasium.
The 23-year-old will contest the final to take place later this afternoon after Baek Jun-hyeok of South Korea 5-2 in the semi-final.
Arif, who won the South-East Asia Karate championship title earlier this year, takes on Daniyar Yuldashev of Kazakhstan in the final.
Arif opened his campaign by beating Vietnam's Do Thanh Nhan 2-0 and he defeated Sandi Firmansah of Indonesia in the quarter-finals.
Arif is the first Malaysian fighter to reach the kumite final in the ongoing Hangzhou Asian Games.
The karate team already have two silvers to show from Lovelly Anne Robberth in the women's individual kata and in the team kata (Lovelly, Naccy Nelly Evvaferra Rojin and Niathalia Sherawinnie Yampil).