JOHOR BAHARU, Sept 11 (Bernama) -- Two Malaysian exponents lost in the first round of the pencak silat events at the Pasir Gudang Corporation Indoor Stadium, here tonight while all the exponents from Vietnam and Indonesia had beaten their opponents.
However, four Malaysian exponents led by Nik Adli Nik Abdullah and Ismail Darus made it to the quarterfinals after beating their opponents.
Rina Jordana Adnan, the only Malaysian woman exponent who fought tonight, and Mohd Fajar Subhi Ahmad also proceeded to the quarterfinals.
Malaysia's Shamsuddin Mohd Darus and Ahmad Shahril Zailuddin were both defeated by the Brunei SEA Games gold medallists.
Shamsuddin, who competed in Class D, was beaten by Abas Akar from Indonesia while Ahmad Shahril Zailuddin was beaten by Mohamed Zulfakar Ramli from Singapore in Class D.
The fight between Ahmad Sharil and Mohamed Zulfakar was the climax of tonight's events with the former losing by a narrow 2-3 margin to the more experienced Singapore exponent.
Indonesia, as expected, were in full control in the silat category with all their five exponents winning in the preliminary rounds.
Besides Abas, the other Indonesians who proceeded to the quarrterfinals were Abdul Karim Al Djufrie, Lamech Manam, Tri Widodo and Haris Nguroho.
Vietnam, who were the overall champions in the last SEA Games in Brunei, also saw all their seven exponents winning the first round.
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