Monday, November 14, 2011

SEA GAMES: Not So Good Opening In Karate

JAKARTA, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- The national karate squad failed to get off to a "kicking' start when the karate events of the 26rd SEA Games opened at the Senayan Indoor Tennis Court here Saturday.

The squad only managed a silver and four bronze. In the SEA Games karate events, bronze medals are automatically awarded to losing semi finalists.

The biggest letdown were Jamalliah Jamaludin, whom the contingent had counted on bringing Malaysia's first gold medal in this Games and Ricky Leong Tze Wai, who was expected to deliver in the men's individual kata event.

Jamalliah, gold medalist in the women's kumite over 68kg category in the previous two SEA Games, was truly dissappointed in not being able to deliver and apologised to all Malaysians for it.

Vietnam's Thi Trang Trach won the gold in the event while Indonesia's Mardiah Nasution the silver. Jamalliah shared the silver with Kiettisack Sengdaly of Laos.

Ricky Leong had to share the bronze with the Philippines' Oj Delos Santos. Faizal Zainuddin of Indonesia won the gold while Vietnam's Pham Thai Huy the silver.

However, there was some salvation for the Malaysian camp when the trio of Thor Chee Yee, Khaw Yee Voon and Celine Lee Xin Yi bagged the silver in the women's kata team event.

The two other bronze were won by the men's kata trio of Kam Kah Sam, Leong Tze Wai and Lim Chee Wei and Thor Chee Yee in the women's individual kata event.

Indonesia hauled four of the five gold on offer today while Vietnam succeeded in snatching one.

Tomorrow, eight gold will be up for grabs in karate.


No comments:

Post a Comment