17 September 2001


JOHOR BAHARU, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- Vietnam and Indonesian exponents will dominate the finals of the tanding (combat) category in the SEA Games silat competition at the Johor Corporation Indoor Stadium in Pasir Gudang on Sunday.

Vietnam, the overall champions in the 1999 SEA games in Brunei with seven golds, have 10 of their exponents marchining into the finals -- four men and six women.

The finals will also feature 11 Indonesians -- six men and five women.

Elswhere, Malaysia will have three men and one woman finalists, Singapore three men, the Philippines two men and Thailand two men.

The tanding catrgory offer 16 gold medals -- 10 in the men's events and six in women's.

Today, the second day of the semi-finals, saw exponents from Vietnam and Singapore hogging the limelight while Malaysia had a disappointing outing.

Of the five Malaysians who took part, only Ahmad Faizal Omar and Mastura Sapuan qualified for the finals.

The other two Malaysians who qualified yesterday are Ismail Darus and Mohd Azrin Abdul Malek.

Malaysian team manager Datuk Mohd Rashidi Mohd Noor expressed disappointment at the overall performance of the Malaysian exponents.

"I'm a bit disappointed although they did put up a good fight," he said.

Ahmad Faizal, 32, beat Nguyen Thanh of Vietnam 3-2 in the J category to book a place in the final against Indonesia's Samuel Mallo.

Mastura, 22, defeated Evangelene Gaguioa of the Philippines in the E category. She will take on Vietnam's Lam Thi Huong in the final.

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