Sunday, December 15, 2013

Malaysians Sweep Both Men's Individual Recurve Final Slots, Gold Assured

NAYPYITAW, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- The gold medal for the men's individual recurve event is safely in Malaysia's hand when two national archers qualified for the final tomorrow.

In the semi-finals at the Naypyitaw archery course Sunday, Khairul Anuar Mohamad and Atiq Bazil Bakri scored comfortable wins over their opponents.

Khairul Anuar who competed in the 2012 London Olympic had no problem in disposing of Witthaya Tham Wong of Thailand 7-1 while Atiq beat Indonesia's Riau Ega Agata Salsabilla, 6-0.

Khairul, 21, when met by reporters after the match hoped his victory to the final would cheer his family members who were still caught in the floods in Kemaman, Terengganu.

"I lost contact with my family for three days when I was in the training camp, and later my mother called to say there was only one television set left when flood waters subsided," said the 2011 Palembang SEA Games silver medalist.

In contrast, Atiq Bazil, 19 described the final against Khairul Anuar as a tough fight as his opponent appeared to be more experienced with his Olympic debut last year.

"I am not cowed in anyway and will try to keep my focus in the final," he said.

In the women's individual recurve, national elite archer, Farah Amalina Azhar was beaten 0-6 by Thi Dao Loc of Vietnam in the quarter-finals.


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