Saturday, December 14, 2013

Karate Exponents Add Four More Golds

NAYPYITAW, Dec 14 (Bernama) -- The national karate exponents continue to shine by wining four more golds at the 27th SEA Games at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium here today to bring the total to six, surpassing their target of three golds.

S. Senthil Kumaran delivered the first gold in men's kumite under 60kg when he beat Indonesia's Donny Dharmawan in the final.

Senthil was declared the winner by jury although both exponents fought to a scoreless draw.

Speaking to reporters, Senthil said the victory meant that he had avenged his defeat by Donny in the second round of the Islamic Solidarity Games in Palembang, Indonesia in September.

"As I had entered the court not as a favourite, I was not under undue pressure, unlike Donny who was Indonesian SEA Games gold medallist," said Senthil.

The second gold was contributed by S.Shree Sharmini who was declared the winner over Vietnam's Pham Thi Tien by the jury after they were tied at 2-2 in the women's kumite under 68kg final.

Sharmini, who is in her SEA Games' second outing, said the victory was a gift to her family for their relentless support to her in indulging in the sport.

Another gold came from A. Nisha who edged the Philippines' Mae Soriano 3-2 in the women's under 55kg final.

K. Syakilla Saini gave Malaysia the fourth gold after taming Vietnam's Le Thi Thuy 1-0 in the women's under 61kg category final.

Malaysia also lifted a silver through R. Sharmemdran who lost 0-3 to Indonesia's Jintar Simanjuntak in the men's kumite under 67kg final.

Three bronzes were contributed by Shaharudin Jamaludin in men's kumite under 75kg, L. Kunasilan (men's under 55kg) and Mohd Hatta Mahanut (men's under 84kg).


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