Silat exponents, Faudillah Hj Abd Ghani, Umi Kalthum and Ramlee Hj Jaluddin all successfully won their matches during the preliminary round of the Wiralaga event which began yesterday at the Multi Purpose Hall of the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
Ramlee, who was the first of the three to win his match, won 4 points to 1 against Ba Thaung of Myanmar in the male Wiralaga class 'C' event. Ramlee said that he found the match to be a bit difficult at first as his opponent was a more experienced fighter. Fortunately, he added, one of his teammates, Md. Syamsuddin, had previously competed against Ba Thaung during the SEA Games in Jakarta two years ago which gave him the added advantage of knowing his opponent's fighting tactics.
Umi Kalthum, fighting in the women's Wiralaga class 'A' event, also gained a 4 points to 1 win against Thailand's Wantanee Boonaied. The athlete who ignited the SEA Games cauldron in last night's opening ceremony was visibly pleased when the judges announced her triumph over Boonaied. Faudillah Hj Abd Ghani, the third Bruneian exponent in yesterday's preliminary round was the most impressive of the three. Faudillah, with his aggressive tactics thoroughly beat Malaysia's Mohd Rizal Mohd Arib with 5 points to 0 in the men's class 'D' Wiralaga event.
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