Women walk tall in Shanghai
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