Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rowing: Coach confident charges will win a medal

NATIONAL rowing coach Abdul Halim Aziz believes his charges are on the right track towards clinching the nations first ever medal at next month's Indonesia Sea Games after an impressive outing at the recently ended Varsity Boat Race (VBR) in Putrajaya.

Abdul Halim led the Malaysian Universities Sports Council elite squad rowers (PKS), essentially the national team that will be heading to Indonesia, to a commendable one gold, three silver and two bronze haul to finish third overall at the event amidst a formidable field.

The coach said he was especially delighted with his men's four and eight team performances who are the nations main hopes to contend for medals in Jakarta next month.

"I am very pleased with our performances here as the times we managed to clock are not far off from medal winning times from past Sea Games," said Abdul Halim.
"I am not ready to say that we will be able to come back with a gold medal but to finish on the podium is certainly a reachable target for us at the Sea Games.

"Our men's four team did well to win their category here (VBR) while the men's eight team only slightly lost to Nottingham University who are physically much bigger and more experienced."

The Malaysian Rowing Association (Perdama) chief coach, however, said there was still work to be done if they hope to get the job done next month.

"I still see some weaknesses and will be working hard to improve their power, endurance, stroke-rate as well as their ability to finish strongly as that will be what makes the difference between the stronger and weaker teams."

Read more: NST

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