IT was a golden debut for Pahang's Mohd Hanif Ahmad when the 19-year-old collected the first gold medal of the 12th National Silat Championships. The Jerantut-born exponent, who took up the sport four years, impressed the judges with his slick moves to score 199 points to earn first place in the silat seni men's singles category. Hanif, who only entered the tournament as a warm-up to the Sukma, could not believe it when he was announced the winner by a mere point over Sarawak's Khairul Ariffin Zaidi.
Johor's Abd Majid Mohd Yusoh was third with 194 points. Hanif's win, also guaranteed him a slot in the national team to the inaugural Asia Pacific Championships in Singapore next month. "This is the first time I am competing in the national championships and never in my wildest dreams did I expect to win," said the full-time silat trainee. The National Silat Association (Pesaka) announced yesterday that all the winners in the Championships will automatically get a berth in the team to Singapore. Meanwhile, in the women's silat seni duet, SEA Games champions Noor Syahidda Wati Abdullah Sani-Shalina Abdul Ghafar retained the title they have won since 1998. The duo, representing Lincah Malaysia scored 214 points while Johor's Farizah Hanum Rashid-Nazatul Shima Abu Bakar were six points behind. Maszura Mohd Yaacob-Norniza Abu Bakar of Gayuh Fatani Malaysia took the bronze.
RESULTS Silat Seni Finals Men (singles): 1.
Mohd Hanif Ahmad (Pahang) 200, 2.
Khairul Ariffin Zaidi (Sarawak) 199, 3.
Abd Majid Mohd Yusof (Johor) 194. Women (duet): 1.
Noor Syahidda Wati Abdullah Sani-Shalina Abdul Ghafar (Lincah Malaysia) 214, 2.
Farizah Hanum Rashid-Nazatul Shima Abu Bakar (Johor) 208, 3.
Maszura Mohd Yaacob-Norniza Abu Bakar (Gayuh Fatani Malaysia) 199.
Silat Olahraga Quarterfinals Men Class A: Mohd Fairunizam Ridwan bt Norazmi Naim 5-0; Erdee Faizul bt Mohd Tajudin Musa 5-0; Mohd Fazli bt Mohd Amin Abd Manap 5-0; Nafarudin Che Nan bt Ahmad Zuhaidi Abd Aziz 5-0. B: Ismail Darus bt Mohd Arisam Ramlee 5-0; Nik Adli Nik Abdullah bt Mohd Affndi Mansor 5-0; Borhan Budong bt Lum Yu Foo @ Albert 5-0; Nasaruddin Razali bt Azruknizam Kasim 5-0. C: Mohd Emy Fazly Azis bt Roslan Abd Khayum 5-0; Mohd Faizul Ibrahim bt Mohd Abdul Raheem 5-0; Shahirifullah Ibrahim bt Mohd Khairuddin 5-0; Jefri Ahmad bt Mohd Kausar Arshad 3-2. D: Shahidan Nayan bt Nok Aziz Marhussin 5-0; Mohd Shahibullah Ambi 5-0; Ah,ad Shahrul Zailudin bt Mohd Noorhakim 5-0; Nor Hasmizam bt Ilham Yunus 5-0. E: Mohd Hasdi Said bt Mohd Rizal Aris 3-2; Syed Tahir Hussin bt Hairul Azhar Zaini 3-2; Nik Man Nik Daud bt Mohd Amin Saadun 4-1; Ramdzan Sharif bt Mohd Nor Ramli 5-0. F: Adnan Mat Akit bt Mohd Rizal Zakaria 4-1; Nordin Atan bt Mohd Shahfitri 5-0; Mohd Faizal Rahman bt Alwi Jidi (DQ); Fadli Mansor bt Rifa'ah Ridzuwanul Hakim 5-0; G: Samsudin Ismail bt Mohamed Swandy 5-0; Azman Zain bt Mohd Faizal Haron 4-1; Ayob Abdul Zilah bt Shahril Ahmad Ad Mutalib 4-1; Azhar Ahmad bt Nasir Sanusi (tko). H: Abdullah Amir bt Zainol Abas Mohd Salleh 4-1; Mohd Azrin Malek bt Mohd Norfazli Osman 4-1; Khairol Rasid Wahab bt Baharuddin Mohd Zain 3-2; Mohd Nizam Dollah bt Azman Yusof 5-0. I: Ahmad Faisal Omar bt Rohaiza Isa 5-0; Azuan Abu Bakar bt Mohd Saifulrizan Abd Razak 3-2; Razlan Razak bt Iqfanrizal Nasir 5-0; Ahmad Tarmizi Ahmad bt Adwin Hafizan Adi Wijaya 5-0. J: Mohd Johari Jusoh bt Hasraie Sahid 5-0; Zakri Ibrahim bt Mohd Suratman 5-0; Mohd Arif Khamis bt Awg Safrudin 4-1; Mohd Husaini Deraman bt Abu Hassab Andak 5-0. Women Class A: Rina Juliana Adnan bt Safrina Latif 5-0; Jurida Hussein bt Nahzatul Shima Abu Bakar (tko); Nor Shaniza Aziza bt Nurlizawati Saidi 5- 0; Norliana Kamal Bahari bt Yusna Yusof 5-0. B: Rina Jordana Adnan bt Hasnida Hamid Kamil 5-0; Saedah Said bt Azila Mat Salasa 4-1; Nur Azila Moh Azidin bt Zarah Ariffin 4-1. C: Norniza Abu Bakar bt Rashidah Salim 4-1; Siti Rozainah Hamdi bt Yusdeelah Jusoh 5-0; Zamzuraini Ahmad Zamran bt Sharina Abd Fatah 5-0; Noredayu Mohd Noor b Nor Syzila Abd Rasif 4-1. D: Sazalina Abdullah bt Umi Suhada Abd Razak 5-0; Siti Sukman Buang bt Nazriyah Kamaruddin 5-0; Noridwati Hamdi bt Norazlina Idris (tko); Nor Suhada Harun bt Nor Azlina Abu Bakar 5-0.
Written by GRAIG NUNIS
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