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#KL2017: Malaysia up to 7th gold through combined forces of archery & swimming

Things are looking good for Team Malaysia!

We had a blazing start to the morning as we aced the Open Water Swimming event that took place at the Watersports Complex.

Malaysia’s Kevin Yeap Soon Choy came in first at the 10 km Open Water Swimming (men) and gave Malaysia its 5th gold medal.

Not too long after that, his fellow compatriot Heidi Gan pulled off a similar feat by finishing first at the 10 km Open Water Swimming (women) and delivered Malaysia’s sixth gold medal.

Meanwhile, Malaysian archers Juwaidi Mazuki and Fatin Nurfatehah also combined forces to display an exceptional performance at the Compound Mixed Team final event at the Turf Field (NSC).

Juwaidi and Fatin outclassed Myanmar’s team 152-142 to finish first and ultimately secure Malaysia’s seventh gold for the morning.

Congratulations, Team Malaysia!

 

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Malaysia clinches third SEA Games gold through archery

Malaysia men’s compound team has delivered Malaysia’s third gold in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

Team Malaysia; consisting of Lee Kin Lip, Mohd Juwaidi Mazuki, and Zulfadli Ruslan won the gold medal after defeating Singapore’s An Hang Ten, Alan Lee, and Pang Toh Jin 228-222 in the final.

The tournament took place at the NSC Synthetic Turf in Bukit Jalil on Thursday (17 Aug).

Photo: Team MAS

Congratulations to team Malaysia!

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That’s two! Malaysia seals second gold medal in the 2017 KL SEA Games

Malaysia has emerged champions at the Women’s Team Compound event (archery) at the KL 2017 SEA Games.

Malaysia bagged gold after beating Vietnam with 169 points, while the latter crashed out of the gold-medal race with just 3 points shy.

The team, consisting of Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh, Nurul Syazhera Mohd Asmi, and Saritha Nam Chong, also edged out Thailand 227-219 earlier in the semi-finals.

The victory also serves as a tonic for Fatin Nurfatehah, who had to settle for bronze at the women’s individual compound event yesterday.

The event was held at the Turf Field in Bukit Jalil.

This is Malaysia’s second gold in the KL 2017 SEA Games since it commenced on Monday.

Yesterday, Malaysia clinched its first gold medal at the sepak takraw chinlone event. Malaysia defeated Philippnes 391-271.

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Malaysia men’s compound team, consisting of Lee Kin Lip, Mohd Juwaidi Mazuki, and Zulfadli Ruslan also won gold after defeating Singapore 228-222 in the final.

Photo: KL 2017
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#KL2017: Fatin Nurfatehah bags Malaysia’s first bronze medal through archery

National archer Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh bagged bronze at the Women’s Individual Compound final that took place at the Synthetic Turf Field in the National Sports Council (NSC) this afternoon.

Fatin, who met Indonesia’s Dellie Threesyadinda in the third place match, outclassed the Indonesian by just two points. Fatin scored 143 points, while Dellie’s 141 points was not enough to secure a podium finish for Indonesia.

Earlier today, Fatin Nurfatehah broke both the national and the SEA Games record after raking in 696 points in the Women’s Individual Compound qualifier.

“I’m satisfied with my performance earlier. I hope I can keep that positive momentum going.” Fatin told Astro Arena after her event.

“I wasn’t thinking much – I didn’t even look at the scoreboard. I just made sure to keep myself focused on the target.”

Meanwhile, Fatin’s fellow compatriot Juwaidi Mazuki clinched a silver medal in the Men’s Individual Compound final.

Congratulations, Fatin and Juwaidi!

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NSC to review archery coach Jae-hyung’s performance

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The National Sports Council (NSC) will evaluate the performance of the national archery squad’s head coach, Lee Jae Hyung to determine his future in the team.

“Like any other coaches under the Podium Program, Jae-hyung’s work will be reviewed from time to time. The decision regarding his status will be made based on the evaluation,” said Dr Khairi Zawi, the chief executive officer of NSC.

This statement was in light of rising pressure from the public to sack the Korean coach, who has a contract until December 2017, following the archery squad’s early exit at the Rio Olympics.

The national team crashed out in the first round in the team event, while Khairul Anuar Mohamad was the only one who made it to the second round in the individual event.

Jae-hyung has been in charge of the archery squad since 2001 as he guided them to the Olympics from Athens 2004 onwards, but their best achievement so far was a quarter-final appearance.

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Khairul’s Olympic hopes crushed yet again

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The expectations that were placed on national archer, Khairul Anuar Mohamad’s shoulders was too much for him to bear after he suffered an early exit from the men’s individual recurve event yesterday.

The 24-year-old got off to a great start in the first round by crushing Colombia’s Andres Pila 6-0 and he looked set to maintain his stride when he led 4-0 against Florian Floto, but the German made a miraculous comeback to clinch the second round 4-6.

“He recorded better scores after I took the lead. I was a bit slow in getting used to the field and wind but it shouldn’t be used as an excuse for this defeat,” he said, as quoted by Harian Metro.

Photo credit: New Straits Times
Photo credit: New Straits Times

The Terengganu-born athlete couldn’t repeat his achievement of reaching the quarter-final at London 2012 when he lost to Japan’s Takaharu Furukawa.

However, he won’t be dispirited with this latest setback as he looks forward to the 2018 Asian Games and Tokyo 2020.

“I have to train harder because other teams are improving their techniques, like the Dutch.

“We do have great sparring partners as well with South Korean archers but I believe we can do much more during practice,” said Khairul.

Khairul’s defeat signals the end for the Malaysian contingent in archery, after the national trio crashed out from the team event, and Haziq Kamaruddin and Akmal Nor Hasrin couldn’t get past the first round in the individual event.

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#Rio2016: It’s not the end of the road for Malaysian archers

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The national archery squad will be determined to redeem themselves in the men’s individual segment after crashing out from the team event.

Malaysia’s hope of getting its first medal in Rio was crushed last Sunday when the national squad, consisting of Khairul Anuar Mohammad, Haziq Kamaruddin and Muhammad Akmal Nor Hasrin were defeated 6-2 by the French, but the defeat won’t dampen the spirit of Lee Jae Hyung’s men.

He refused to blame anyone for the lost as he insists that there is still a chance to win a medal from the individual event.

“In the individual event, the chances for each archer will be the same. It is different from the team event because if one member fails to perform, then it’ll affect the team.

“I noticed a positive improvement in the team event’s performance today (yesterday) as they played better compared to the ranking round,” he told Utusan Online.

Photo credit: New Straits Times
Photo credit: New Straits Times

The Korean coach also defended junior member, Muhammad Akmal’s lacklustre performance which caused the national team to have an early exit.

“I feel it’s unfair to shift the blame to him for his performance in the team event. I hope he can redeem this defeat in the individual event,” he said.

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#Rio2016: Malaysian archers braced for ‘harsh’ conditions

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The Malaysian archery contingent will be tested in their bid to get a podium spot due to uneven ground and unpredictable wind speeds at the competition venue when it begins on Friday.

According to national coach Lee Jae Hyung, the conditions might negatively affect the performance of the three recurve archers.

He said all teams will be facing the same problems and they have voiced their concerns.

“But it’s already too late now so we just have to get used to the situation here,” said the Korean coach.

He also added that the archers have to stand firm on their spots to get a good position before releasing the arrow.

Jae Hyung has been busy prepping the squad since arriving at the venue and he hopes it’ll be enough to overcome the challenges and they won’t be disturbed by it.

The national archery squad consists of Khairul Anuar Mohamad, Haziq Kamaruddin and Muhammad Akmal. Despite never making an impact in previous editions of the Olympic Games, all three individuals are being touted as possible medalists this year, due to their recent form.

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#Rio2016: Akmal vows to compete without fear

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National archer, Muhammad Akmal Nor Hasrin is determined to perform well in the Rio Olympics alongside his seniors, without being deterred by nervousness as he makes his debut.

The 21-year-old athlete will depend on the experience of Khairul Anuar Mohamad and Haziq Kamaruddin, both who have taken part in the prestigious sporting event as a tool of guidance to challenge for the men’s recurve team title.

“It is normal to feel nervous as an athlete, especially when we are taking part in a more competitive event. Furthermore, this will be my Olympic debut so it feels different from previous competitions that I have taken part.

Photo credit: Star Online
Photo credit: Star Online

“I’m in a team with two senior archers that are able to guide me since I’m still young. I need their experience.

“I have gained some valuable lessons from South Korea and I’ll utilize them here,” the 21-year-old told Utusan Online after arriving in Rio.

The national archery squad secured qualification to Rio in Turkey, before going through a training stint in South Korea as their coach, Lee Jae Hyung hopes for an inspiring performance to reach the finals.

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Khairul Anuar determined to get rid of London ‘ghost’

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National archer, Khairul Anuar Mohamad is keen not to repeat past mistakes when he makes his 2nd Olympic appearance in Rio, next month.

The Terengganu-born athlete said he’ll be ready for any sort of situation on the field after having the experience of competing at London 2012.

“On the previous Olympic, I felt fear and dispirited before I enter the field. But things will change now as I’ll fight till the end, no matter what are the circumstances,” he told Harian Metro.

Khairul crashed out early in the team event, while he only managed to reach the quarter-finals in the individual recurve event at the London Olympics.

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Photo credit: AP

The 24-year-old archer, who has just returned from a three-week training stint in South Korea, said he stand a chance in creating an upset in the team event.

“We’ll still maintain the focus on the individual recurve, but I can perform better in a team due to the support I can get.

“Even if we feel scared, the encouragement you receive from your teammates will strengthen your resolve and willpower,” said Khairul.

The national archery squad will travel to Rio tomorrow to begin adjustment training sessions.