Hayashi-ha reign again

New Straits Times - - Sport - Devin­der Singh

HAYASHI-HA re­tained the cov­eted men’s team ku­mite gold medal to emerge over­all cham­pi­ons at the Na­tional Karate Cham­pi­onships in Serem­ban yes­ter­day.

Un­der the tute­lage of former na­tional coach P. Ari­vala­gan, Hayashi-Ha won six gold, four sil­ver and two bronze medals to re­gain the over­all ti­tle they last won in 2015 while rel­e­gat­ing 2016 win­ners Penang (4-2-1) to sec­ond place.

But in a dra­matic re­verse of for­tunes, Se­lan­gor failed to win a medal this year af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ners-up the last two years with four and three gold medals in 2016 and 2015 re­spec­tively.

Two of Se­lan­gor’s gold medal­lists last year, S. Senthilku­maran and R. Shamen­dran, did not com­pete as they were away at the Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games in Baku, Azer­bai­jan last week­end.

Hayashi-Ha improved on their third-plac­ing last year with a 4-42 haul although there was a sur­prise de­feat for 2011 Sea Games gold medal­list Sha­harudin Ja­maludin.

Sha­harudin’s chances of be­ing se­lected for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in Au­gust took a hit when the de­fend­ing cham­pion lost to Hayashi-Ha team­mate V. Ravin 1-0 in the men’s be­low67kg fi­nal.

It was Ravin’s sec­ond up­set of the tour­na­ment af­ter knock­ing out Shorin-Ryu’s R. Gov­inash, an­other Sea Games can­di­date, 65 in the semi-fi­nals.

The other Hayashi-Ha win­ners were S. Prem Ku­mar (men’s be­low-55kg), S. Rub­han (men’s be­low-60kg), M. Sri Durghashen (women’s be­low-50kg) and S. Preyan­clj (women’s be­low-61kg) while the men’s ku­mite team over­came Po­lice 3-0 in the fi­nal.

All four of Penang’s gold medals came in the kata events with Em­manuel Leong and Cher­lene Che­ung suc­ceed­ing team­mates Lim Chee Wei and Ce­line Lee as men’s and women’s in­di­vid­ual cham­pi­ons re­spec­tively.

Sabah re­tained the women’s ku­mite team gold with vic­tory over Po­lice in the fi­nal to add to Presty Misty Philip’s win in the women’s be­low-68kg event and fin­ished third over­all with a 2-2-4 haul.

Se­nior na­tional ex­po­nents in­clud­ing Syakilla Salni Je­fry Kr­ish­nan, S. Shree Sharmini, Chee Wei and Ce­line all missed the tour­na­ment as they are on na­tional duty.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.