Friday, November 18, 2011

SEA GAMES: Silat Exponents Contribute Three Golds, Surpassing Target

JAKARTA, Nov 17 (Bernama) -- The national silat squad added two more gold medals, thus surpassing the target of two medals set by National Silat Federation of Malaysia (Pesaka) on the final day of the competition at Taman Mini Indonesia, Padepokan here Thursday.

The two golds were contributed by Mohd Al Jufferi Jamari and Mohd Fauzi Khalid, bringing the silat gold medal haul to three after Ahmad Sharil Zailudin clinched the first gold earlier.

Pesaka honorary secretary Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin said the national silat medal haul of three golds, one silver and five bronzes was the best SEA Games results for the squad despite the hostile crowd.

"We returned home empty handed from the Jakarta SEA Games in 1997," he told Bernama.

Mohd Al Jufferi gave the second gold in men's E 65kg-70kg when he beat Vietnam's Nguyen Duy Chien 4-1 and Mohd Fauzi Khalid clinched the third gold when he defeated Thailand's Katahat Raksapon 5-0 in men's F 70kg-75kg.

Commenting on his performance, Mohd Al Jufferi said he had to change his fightback strategy following strong attacks by his challenger.

"This is the sweetest success that I had achieved after a four-year involvement in the martial art," said 19-year-old exponent.

However, national female exponent Siti Rahmah Mohamed Nasir missed her opportunity to add another gold medal after she lost to Indonesia's Amelia Roring in women's E 65kg-70kg in the decider.


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