Monday, November 14, 2011

Karate Contributes First Gold From Jakarta

JAKARTA, Nov 13 (Bernama) -- Shaharudin Jamaludin redeemed his elder sister, Jamalliah's defeat yesterday by winning the first gold from Jakarta, in the karate event of the on-going SEA Games in Indonesia.

The Malaysian, 23, beat his opponent from Vietnam, Minh Phung 5-2 in the final of the Individual Men's Kumite below 75 kilogram, held at the Tennis Indoor Stadium, here today.

The joint bronze medals went to Mondolu from Indonesia and Badil from Phillippines.

In the quarter-finals, Shaharudin outclassed Songwut from Thailand 9-1 and thrashed Badil from the Philippines 5-2 in the semis.

"I'm really happy to contribute the first gold from Jakarta to the Malaysian contingent. But most off all, I managed to redeem my (elder) sister's loss yesterday," he told reporters, here.

His sister Jamalliah, failed to deliver the much expected first gold from Jakarta yesterday and settled for a bronze in the women's individual kumite above 68kg.

Shaharudin, from Kuala Lumpur, said he had competed against the Vietnamese more than five times at international tournaments and knew his opponent's fighting tactics.

"This is my third SEA Games and I'm more composed and confident to beat my opponents. I got one bronze in Korat, Thailand in 2007 and another bronze in Laos, two years ago," he said.

-- BERNAMAFrom Zulhilmi Supaat

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