31 July 2002

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 (Bernama) -- Melaka's Mohammad Arif Khamis maintained his fine run when he defeated Johor's Johari Jusuh in the men's Class J final of the national silat championship at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium today.

Arif, 27, won by points 5-0. In the semifinals yesterday, Arif stunned 2000 world champion Zakri Ibrahim.

Arif said he had moved from Class I to J because it was his dream to beat veteran exponent Zakri.

He said his four-month training stint at the Military Police Training Centre at the Genting Klang Camp was the key to his success.

"I have achieved my initial aim (defeating Zakri) and the next target is to seize the world title from Zakri at the world championship," he said.

The world silat championship will be held in December in Penang.

World champion Azlinda Aziz retained her women's Class F title when she defeated Pahang's Azlina Aziz 5-0.

Five new champions were crowned out of the 16 finals contested today.

In women's Class C, Fatani Silat Gayung Association exponent Noraniza Abu Bakar beat Zamzuraini Ahmad Zamran of Perak 5-0, in Class D Melaka's Siti Sukmah Buang beat Sarawak's Nor Idawati Hamdi 5-0 and in Class E Sarah Ishak of Perak beat Bibi Aishah Golbal Shah of Melaka 4-1.

In men's Class C, Fatani Silat Gayung Association's Mohammad Emy Fazli edged Perak's Shahirifullah 3-2, and in Class E Syed Tahir Syed Hussin of Pahang beat Ramdzan Sharif of Selangor 3-2.

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