Monday, November 14, 2011

SEA GAMES: Karate Squad Add Another Three Golds In Jakarta

JAKARTA, Nov 13 (Bernama) -- The karate squad added three more golds in the evening session for a total of four golds on the second day of the karate event of the ongoing SEA Games in Indonesia.

In the karate events held at Indoor Tennis Stadium, here, Malaysia grabbed the gold through R.Loganeshaa Rao (men's below 55kg kumite), G.Yamini (women's below 61kg kumite) and K.Teagarajan (men's below 84kg kumite).

Shaharudin Jamaludin in the morning session had opened accounts with a gold in the Men's Kumite below 75kg.

Loganeshaa, 23, from Klang, Selangor, competing in his second SEA Games, beat Quang Phuc of Vietnam 3-0 in the final.

The 2008 Asian Junior Championship gold medallist and 2010 Asian Senior Championship bronze medallist was fired-up with the presence of his mentor, R.Puvaneswaran. "I want to emulate Puvaneswaran's illustrious achievements in karate. Coincidentally, I'm also competing in the same weight category as my mentor," he told reporters.

Punaveswaran, now the assistant coach for the national squad, announced his retirement after winning the gold in the Kumite under 55kg event at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, last year.

Yamini recorded a hattrick by winning the Indonesian gold after defeating Yen Phuong from Vietnam 1-0.

A bronze medallist at the recent Asian Championships in China, Yamini defended her gold under the same category in the last two games, in Korat, Thailand in 2007 and Laos in 2009.

Teagarajan nearly ran out of steam before finally scoring an additional two points in the one-minute knock-out stage after he and his opponent Nhu My from Vietnam were tied 3-3 in the three-minute bout.

National coach, P.Arivalagan said his team had met the National Sports Council's target by winning four gold.

"But I'm personally targetting five gold and hopefully the last gold will come tomorrow," he said.

The karate squad also got three bronze through L.Kunasilan (men's below 67kg kumite), A.Nisha (women's below 55kg kumite) and Syakilla Salni Jefry Krisnan (women's kumite below 68kg).


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