Sunday, June 14, 2015

Takraw captain happy to have family along for SEA Games gold

The men's sepaktakraw team celebrating their win in the inter-regu event. - Bernama
The men's sepaktakraw team celebrating their win in the inter-regu event. - Bernama

SINGAPORE: Thanks, son!

Sepaktakraw captain Farhan Adam believes that his nine-month-old son has brought him the luck as Malaysia ended a 10-year SEA Games gold medal drought in the men's inter regu competition in Singapore.

Only four countries competed in the men's inter regu event. Thailand and Myanmar did not compete in inter regu due to restrictions on the number of events permitted by the organisers.

Malaysia, who last won the inter regu gold in Manila in 2005, won all their three round-robin matches to clinch the gold at the Singapore Expo.

Malaysia outplayed Singapore and the Philippines 2-0 on Friday.

In the last round robin-match against Laos, Malaysia’s regu of server Farhan, tekong Mohd Syahir Mohd Rosdi and striker Mohd Hanafiah Dolah chalked up a comfortable 21-0, 21-16 win over Lamphoun Sengsouvanh, Sonktula Phouthavong and Senganh Sengvanh to lift the gold.

“My family is here in Singapore to support me. I’m more than happy to have them here," said skipper Farhan, who bagged a silver in the team event on Thursday.

“We did in style ... without dropping a single set in all three matches.

Asked if Malaysia only won the gold because favourites Thailand did not compete, he replied: “What’s important is winning the gold after a decade.”

The Malaysian women’s inter regu of Siti Norzubaidah Che Abdul Wahab, Nurul Izzatul Hikmah and Nor Farhana Ismail bagged the bronze medal after losing to Myanmar’s trio of Zar Ei Thin, Myunt Nant Yin and Nyunt Thin Zar Soe 21-9, 21-18 in the semi-finals.

Six teams featured in women’s inter regu, which was divided into two groups.

Malaysia lost to Thailand 2-0 but beat Indonesia 2-1 in Group B to qualify for the semi-finals.
The Star Online

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