Women walk tall in Shang­hai

New Straits Times - - Sport -

IT is a rare oc­ca­sion when the coun­try’s women re­curve archers out­shine their men coun­ter­parts after a break­through per­for­mance at the World Cup in Shang­hai yes­ter­day.

A day after lead­ing the women’s team to a bronze medal play­off against China, Nur Aliya Gha­par up­set World No 18 Kang Chae-Young of South Korea 64 to reach the fourth round, where she lost 6-4 to Ren Hayakawa, a team bronze medal­list for Ja­pan at the 2012 Lon­don Olympics.

A day ear­lier, World No 131 Nur Aliya com­bined with Nur Alisa Ab­dul Halil and Loke Shin Hui to lead Malaysia to the semi-fi­nals of the women’s re­curve team event for the first time.

A tie-break win over Turkey in the first round was fol­lowed by a 5-1 up­set of sec­ond seeds Tai­wan in the quar­ter-fi­nals be­fore go­ing down 6-0 to the United States in the semi-fi­nals.

Malaysia will face China, beaten 5-3 by Rus­sia in the last-four, for the bronze medal to­mor­row.

Shin Hui was elim­i­nated 6-0 in the third round of the in­di­vid­ual event by top seed Chang Hye-Jin of South Korea while Nur Alisa went out in the sec­ond round.

In the men’s re­curve in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tion, Khairul Anuar Mo­hamad was one of two Malaysians to reach the third round where he lost in a tiebreak to Steve Wi­jler of the Netherlands.

Ak­mal Nor Has­rin lost to Bri­tain’s Pa­trick Hus­ton 6-4 at the same stage while Ikram Joni and Haziq Ka­marudd in crashed out in the first round.

Fatin Nur­fate­hah Mat Salleh was Malaysia’s best per­former in the com­pound in­di­vid­ual events when she lost to Tai­wan’s Chen Yi-Hsuan 146-140 in the last-16.

The women’s com­pound team, who won the 2015 World Cup in Shang­hai, were un­for­tu­nate to lose to Turkey 29-28 in a tiebreak after their first round tie ended all square at 222 points each. Devin­der Singh

Nur Aliya Gha­par

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