Bronze closes pro­ceed­ings

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE na­tional men’s com­pound team added a bronze medal to the col­lec­tion of three pre­vi­ous sil­ver medals in bring­ing Malaysia’s cam­paign at the Archery Asia Cup to a close in Bangkok yes­ter­day.

There was also a promis­ing dis­play by the coun­try’s suc­cess-starved women’s archers, who posted an up­lift­ing vic­tory over a Rus­sian team who had one 2016 Rio De Janeiro sil­ver medal­list in their trio.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a first round bye, the men’s com­pound team of Juwaidi Mazuki, M. Khambeswaran and Zul­fadhli Rus­lan de­feated Viet­nam 230-228 in the quar­ter-fi­nals be­fore go­ing down 232-230 to In­dia in the semi­fi­nals. The Malaysians re­cov­ered to beat Sin­ga­pore 232-227 in the bronze medal play­off.

The Malaysian women’s re­curve team made a sur­pris­ing run to the semi-fi­nals be­fore be­ing halted in their tracks 6-0 by In­dia.

The sixth-seeded Malaysian trio of Nur Afisa Ab­dul Halil, Nur Aliya Gha­par and Loke Shin Hui de­feated an er­ratic Thai­land 6-2 in the first round be­fore up­set­ting a fan­cied Rus­sian side, who only in­cluded one mem­ber of their sil­ver medal-win­ning Olympic trio in Tuyana Dashidorzhieva, 6-2 in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Viet­nam, fea­tur­ing two archers from their 2015 Sea Games gold medal-win­ning team, de­nied Malaysia a bronze by win­ning a tie-break 26-25 af­ter split­ting four sets with a win each and two draws in the play­off.

In the men’s re­curve team event, the trio of Khairul An­uar Mo­hamad, Haziq Ka­marud­din and Ak­mal Nor Has­rin downed Bangladesh 6-0 in the first round be­fore suc­cumb­ing to In­dia 6-2 in the last eight.

The Malaysian women’s com­pound team of Saritha Cham Nong, Fatin Nur­fate­hah Mat Salleh and Nu­rul Syazhera Asmi were ousted by Myan­mar 30-26 in a tie-break af­ter the quar­ter-fi­nal ended in a 222-222 tie.

On Fri­day, the na­tional archers claimed three sil­ver medals through Khairul and Juwaidi in the men’s re­curve and com­pound in­di­vid­ual re­spec­tively and Juwaidi and Fatin in the com­pound mixed team.

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