09 August 1999


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- After three days, Brunei finally won their first gold of the SEA Games here when Awangku Shahepol Radin Pengiran Tajuddin triumphed in the men's pencak silat wiragana-solo category tonight.

His comfortable win sent the crowd into wild celebration at the Multi-Purpose Hall of Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex here.

He collected 229 points to beat Indonesian Eko Wahyudi and Malaysian Hisham Othaman into second and third places respectively. The Indonesian had 204 ponits and the Malaysian 200.

"I think all the Bruneians are very proud with him and I strongly believe that our silat exponents will come out with other good results," said Brunei silat team manager Haji Shahri Awang Besar.

"Actually, that's an unexpected gold medal, and it is a remarkable achievement for Shahepol Radin who is on his first assignment in the SEA Games," he said.

Today's gold is only the fourth ever for Brunei in the Games.

In the women's wirasangga-double play category, Heni Marhendrawati/Widaya Astuti of Indonesia clinched the gold with 240 points.

The silver medal went to Malaysians Noorsyahhidawati Abdullah Sani and Shalina Abdul Ghafar who collected 206 points, while the bronze was grabbed by Filipinos Shelly Vivit and Angelica Starlight Rivera with 196 points.

Brunei also won the bronze in the women's wiraloka-compulsory style through Saltinawat A Bakar, Noraisah Ali and Rasidah Lamit who amassed 407 points.

The gold medal was won by the Indonesian trio of Siti Dwi Astuti, Siti Sugiharti and Hermy Setyawaty which collected 440 points.

The silver was clinched by Vietnam's Ngoc Tho Nguyen Thi, Nhung Nguyen Hong and Anh Tuyet Bui.

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