FAITH IN FATIN

Coach Ad­nan be­lieves she can de­liver gold at Sum­mer Univer­si­ade

New Straits Times - - Sport - FARAH AZHARIE fara­hazharie@nst.com.my

NA­TIONAL coach Ad­nan Ah­mad be­lieves archer Fatin Nur­fate­hah Mat Salleh will be on tar­get for medals at the Sum­mer Univer­si­ade in Au­gust.

“This time, Fatin will be the one we in­stil our faith in to take home the medal,” he said.

Fatin, who is a Sea Games triple gold medal­list, fin­ished in the top five at the 2015 Gwangju Univer­si­ade in South Korea.

But Fatin is not the only one that Ad­nan is count­ing on as he looks to the women’s com­pound team to pro­duce re­sults.

“For the women’s team, there will be an ad­di­tional ath­lete, a new ath­lete, but the rest re­main with Fatin and Nu­rul Syazhera (Asmi) in one team.”

How­ever, Ad­nan ex­pects the com­pe­ti­tion to be tough as the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries will be bring­ing their strong­est teams.

“For in­stance, South Korea al­ways send the same team and it’s the strong­est team of the lot.

“We have a 50-50 shot (for a ti­tle) but it also de­pends on the weather, com­pe­ti­tion and such.”

Ad­nan led the na­tional team to a gold medal at the 2015 World Cup in Shang­hai, a sil­ver at the 17th Asian Games and Sea Games in Laos and four gold at the 2015 Sea Games in Sin­ga­pore.

Malaysia have not won a gold medal at the Univer­si­ade since its in­tro­duc­tion in 1959 in Italy.

Fatin Nur­fate­hah Mat Salleh

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