Khairul, Juwaidi within reach of gold

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By ad­vanc­ing to the fi­nal, Khairul will be look­ing to claim just his sec­ond con­ti­nen­tal ti­tle af­ter win­ning the Asian Cham­pi­onships men’s re­curve gold in 2011 while look­ing to boost his cur­rent rank­ing of 48th.

Khairul fin­ished qual­i­fy­ing ranked third to ad­vance di­rectly to the third round be­fore post­ing 6-0 wins over Kaza­khstan’s Oibek Saidiyev and Rus­sian Vi­talii Popov to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Khairul needed an el­e­ment of luck to edge In­done­sia’s Riau Ega Agatha, when he was on the verge of elim­i­na­tion, af­ter ex­tra ar­rows failed to break a 5-5 tie with the Malaysian’s shot ad­judged closer to the cen­tre to ad­vance to the last-four.

A 7-1 win over Sul­tan Duzel­bayev set up a meet­ing with Yu-Cheng who edged fel­low Tai­wanese Wei Chun-Heng 10-9 in the tie-break.

Haziq Ka­marud­din was elim­i­nated in his open­ing match 6-4 by Ja­pan’s Yuya Izumi while the same fate be­fell Ikram Joni, who lost 6-2 to Saidiyev.

Ak­mal Nor Has­rin did a lit­tle bet­ter by reach­ing the third round where he lost in a tie-break to Rus­sia’s Ar­salan Bal­danov.

Juwaidi fin­ished sec­ond to Ebadi by three points in the com­pound qual­i­fy­ing with both archers then mak­ing their way through the draw to set up today’s show­down be­tween the top two seeds.

A bronze medal­list at this tour­na­ment last year, Juwaidi needed a 10-8 ex­tra ar­row de­ci­sion to edge Kaza­khstan’s Sergey Khris­tich in the last-16 be­fore oust­ing Rus­sian Alexan­der Dam­baev 146-143 in the semi­fi­nals.

Ebadi pre­vented an al­lMalaysian fi­nal when he de­feated M. Khambeswaran 145-143 in the other semi-fi­nal.

Fatin Nur­fate­hah Mat Salleh, a tre­ble gold medal­list at the 2015 Sea Games, was Malaysia’s best per­former in the women’s in­di­vid­ual com­pound by reach­ing the quar­ter-fi­nals where she lost 147-136 to In­dia’s Divya Dhayal.

Khairul and Juwaidi have a chance at more hon­ours as they are both also en­tered for the men’s team and mixed team events of their re­spec­tive dis­ci­plines. Devinder Singh

Khairul Anuar Mo­hamad

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