China shoot down Malaysia in play­off

New Straits Times - - Sport -

CHINA de­nied Malaysia’s women's re­curve archers a team bronze medal at the World Cup in Shang­hai yes­ter­day af­ter win­ning the play­off 6-0.

Al­though the na­tional trio of Nur Aliya Gha­par, Nur Afisa Ab­dul Halil and Loke Shin Hui failed to make the podium, fourth place still rep­re­sented the best fin­ish by a Malaysian women's team at a World Cup.

Nerves ap­peared to get the bet­ter of the Malaysians as they shot a five and a six in the open­ing set which China won 56-47 and also strug­gled for con­sis­tency in the sec­ond set which China took 55-49.

China's trio of Cui Yuanyuan, Lan Lu and Qi Yuhong swept the third set 58-54 to clinch the bronze medal.

Rus­sia de­feated the United States 6-2 for the gold medal.

The per­for­mance of the na­tional women archers, who have lived in the shad­ows of their men coun­ter­parts, au­gurs well for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games.

Two gold medals have been tar­geted from the re­curve events as Malaysia seek to em­u­late or bet­ter their five-gold per­for­mance at the 2015 Sea Games in Sin­ga­pore.

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