01 June 2004

Hafizudin bags State's first gold medal

HAFIZUDIN Mohamed, to the delight of the Terengganu fans present at the packed hall, took the first silat gold medal when he beat Hadi Hassan from Johor 218-209 in the Malaysia Games solo putera discipline at the Seremban Municipal Hall yesterday.

Hafizudin's smooth flowing routine and skillful display in weapons handling outclassed Hadi as Jaafar Sidek from Negri Sembilan took the bronze with 206.

It was a tight battle in the men's team as Johor team (451 points) beat Sarawak by a single point with bronze medallists Negri Sembilan a further point adrift.

"The team is very happy but did not expect to win because the mats we performed on were slippery which resulted in a very cautious routine," said Hafiz Hasan.

Sarawak were a class above in the jurus tunggal baku putera when Mazlan Manaf took the gold with 448. Negri Sembilan's Mohamed Razif (445) clinched silver while Rasfan Halim from Kelantan was a point behind for the bronze.

In the regu puteri, Sarawak took gold with 453. Kuala Lumpur's smooth and coordinated display proved to be the deciding factor as they edged Johor for the silver since both teams shared the same score of 449.

Penang's Nur Fitriyah Baid (217) was the solo puteri gold medallist with Pahang's Siti Noreyisah Abidin (206) clinching the silver as Selangor's Siti Rahayu's aggressive performance resulted in a bronze finish with 203.

Negri Sembilan took the gold in the tempur ganda when they defeated Perak 209-204 while Johor edged Pahang 202-201 to take the bronze medal.

Sourced from http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-21511234_ITM

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