MALAYSIA continued to dominate the 12th World Silat Championships when four of their five exponents qualified for the silat olahraga's final rounds at the Penang International Sport Arena in Relau, Penang yesterday.
With the four qualifiers, Malaysia now have 10 exponents in the finals - six in the seni olahraga and four in the seni silat. And there could be more to come. The hosts still have eight exponents who feature in today's semi-finals. Jurida Hussein set the tone for Malaysia when she beat Indonesia's Pengky Simbar 4-1 in a women's Class A bout.
Mohd Azrin Abdul Malik then took it from there, sending Larry Sarreal of the Philippines out with a 4-1 margin in the men's Class I event. Malaysia, boosted by Jurida and Mohd Azrin's wins, pressed on with Ahmad Shahril registering a 4-1 win over Filipino Emmanuel Andres Baesa in a Class D bout.
Mohd Amin Saadon then wrapped up a fruitful day for the hosts when he beat another Filipino, Mark Corneta 5-0 in Class E. Alwie Jidin, however, fell to France's Chatelier Philpe 3-2 in the Class F category. As it stands, Malaysia can safely say they are on track to achieving the five-gold target set by the National Silat Association.
Results (Malaysians unless stated) - Men's Class A, s-finals: Ha Anh Tuan (Vie) bt Mohd Asadullah Karimullah (Sin) 5-0. Class D: Ahmad Sharil bt Emmanuel Andres Baesa (Phi) 4-1; A. Irsan Anwar (Ina) bt Zan Lon Khot (Myr) 5-0. Class E: Le Anh Tuan (Vie) bt Mohd Noor Rafili Mohd Ramli (Sin) 3-2; Mohd Amin Saadon bt Mark Corneta (Phi) 5-0. Class F: Dinh Cong Son (Vie) bt Suprapto (Ina) 4-1; Chatelier Philipe (Fr) bt Alwie Jidin 3-2. Class I: Mohd Azrin Abdul Malik bt Larry Sarreal (Phi) 4-1; Kanchanaphat (Tha) Truong Quang Anh (Vie) 4-1. Women's Class A, s-finals: Jurida Hussein bt Pengky Simbar (Ina) 4-1.
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