KUALA LUMPUR: The national silat team displayed an excellent performance on the third day of the Southeast Asian Silat Championship here by clinching three gold medals in the men’s Seni Tunggal and Seni Ganda categories.
National pair, Taqiyuddin Hamid and Mohd Rosli Mohd Sharif bagged the gold in the Seni Ganda category after recording an overall score of 580, leaving Vietnam pair Vu Quoc Viet/Nguyen Xuan Thanh to settle with the silver with 565 points.
Singapore won the bronze through Muhammad Haziq Zainal Abidin and Nijaid Hasif Zainal Abidin by collecting 561 points.
“It’s a good start for us ahead of the SEA Games in August and this victory is a morale booster and a strong motivation for me.
“I believe we can do better and achieve the ultimate goal of winning the gold medal in the SEA Games,” Sharif said after the final event at Kompleks Lincah mahaguru Omardin, here.
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In the Tunggal category, Muhammad Afifi Nordin bagged the gold medal for Malaysia after collecting 468 points, leaving Singaporean Muhammad Iqbal Abdul Rahman to take the silver with 452 points and the Vietnamese Vu Tien Dung to take the bronze with 437 points.
“This victory will be my motivation to win the gold medal in the SEA Games,” said the Pahang-born athlete.
The third gold medal for Malaysia was contributed by the women’s pair Nor Hamizah Abu Hasan/Nur Syazreen A.Malik who collected 582 points.
Vietnamese pair Nguyen Thi Thu Ha/ Nguyen Thu Huyen took the silver with 552 points, while Singaporean Nur Azlyana Ismail/Nurhanishah Syahrudin had to settle with the bronze with 550 points.
Seven ASEAN countries are participating in the championship, namely Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia as the host.
A total of 19 categories are contested. --BERNAMA