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Wednesday December 16, 2009

Gold for Chu Sian, Anbarasi fails to make it a double joy

ONE stayed super cool in the scorching heat but the other was a nervous wreck at the archery range in the National Sports Complex yesterday.

Cheng Chu Sian stamped his mark once again as the best male archer in the region but S. Anbarasi failed in her bid to become the Malaysian female gold medallist in the sport at the SEA Games.

Malaysia have never won both the men and women’s recurve individual gold medals.

Spot on: Cheng Chu Sian shooting his way to the gold medal while S. Anbarasi (inset) had to settle for the silver in their recurve event.

Hopes were high on the 23-year-old Chu Sian and he stayed rock steady to beat Zaw Win Htike of Myanmar 113-105 to retain the title.

He was also on fire in the semi-finals when he eliminated Indonesian Hendro Supriantop with a 112-108 win.

Games debutant Arif Farhan Ibrahim Putra did not fare too badly either, beating Hendro 107-106 in the bronze medal shootout.

Chu Sian said he would be happier if his score had been higher.

“Winning the gold was my goal but I had also hoped to better my personal best here,” said the Penangite.

His best score of 117 in the Olympic round was achieved at the Asian University Games in Kuala Lumpur last year.

“This was my best effort today. Hopefully, I will be able to raise my game in the team event tomorrow,” said Chu Sian.

”My team-mates are in their first SEA Games but do not doubt their abilities. They have been steady throughout the Games here.”

Chu Sian was a member of the gold medal-winning SEA Games teams in 2003 (Hanoi) and 2007 (Korat). Today, he will team up with Arif and Fazli Hisham Fauzi to defend the title.

Anbarasi had mixed feeling after losing 101-103 to Novia Nuraini of Indonesia in a tense final yesterday.

Earlier in the semi-finals, she was in fiery form – beating compatriot Noor Aziera Taip 106-96.

Aziera went on to take the bronze medal with a 104-98 win over Myanmar’s Thin Thin Khaing.

“Yes, it is disappointing to lose in the final after coming this close. If only I was more relaxed,” lamented Anbarasi.

For the team event, Anbarasi will be joined by Aziera and Nur Amirah Mohd. Malaysia last won the women’s team event at the 2003 Vietnam Games.