Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jamalliah Ready To Face Pressure From Indonesian Fans

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 (Bernama) - Jamalliah Jamaludin is ready to face pressure from Indonesian fans when she takes to the arena in karate at Jakarta SEA Games.

The 27-year-old lass said Indonesian fans are expected to fill up the competition arena as karate is a popular sport in the republic.

"This is not my first competition in Indonesia. Expect a big home crowd and their cheering will make the heartbeat faster," she told Bernama today.

However, the silver medalist at 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games is confident of coping with the pressure.

"What is important is confidence but I don't want to be over confident and emotional. Small things must not be exaggerated. I just want to give my best."

Jamalliah who will compete in the under 68kg Kumite is determined to win two gold medals via the individual and team events.

She is also lining up a hattrick after winning the gold at Vientiane SEA Games two years ago and Korat SEA Games in 2007.

Her younger brother Shahrudin who is also in the national squad will compete in the under 67kg Kumite event.

The national karate squad will leave for Jakarta on Nov 10 before competition starts from Nov 12-14.

It consists of two sections, Kumite comprising eight men and seven women, and Kata comprising four men and two women.

Karate contributed six gold medals at Vientiane SEA Games and the Malaysian Karate Federation (Makaf) is targeting five gold medals from Jakarta.

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