JOHOR BAHARU, Sept 15 (Bernama) -- Vietnam and Indonesia are expected to grab the lion's share of the 16 gold medals at stake in the tanding (combat) category of the SEA Games silat competition.
All 16 finals -- 10 for the men and six for women -- will be held at the Johor Corporation Indoor Stadium in Pasir Gudang tomorrow.
Vietnam, the overall champions in the 1999 Games in Brunei with seven gold medals, have 10 finalists (four men and six women) and hope to win at least six golds.
Indonesia, have 11 exponents in the finals (six men and five women), are eying three or four golds.
The Indonesians are expected to do well in the men's events but would find it difficult in the women's events as their five contestants are all facing the highly reputed Vietnamese exponents.
"We wish to win as many golds as possible to regain the the overall silat champions title from Vietnam," said deputy team manager Hariyandi Anuar.
Indonesian silat exponents earlier won four of the five gold medals in the artistic category, while the other gold went to Malaysia.
Malaysia, who will have four representatives -- three men and one woman -- in tomorrow's final, hope to win at least three golds.
Team manager Datuk Mohd Rashidi Anwar said he was confident of atleast two gold medals from Ahmad Faizal Omar and Mohd Azrin Abdul Malek.
"I however hope we will get another gold from either Ismail (Darus) or Mastura (Sapuan) as they are known for their fighting spirit," he said.
Singapore with three finalists in the men's categories, are also in a strong position to win gold medals.
The Philippines and Thailand each have two finalists in the men's categories.
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