05 December 2005

Abang Erdie scores a first

THE sleepless night for Abang Erdie Abang Pauzan yesterday paid off well for Malaysia and the silat squad as he brought the country's first Games gold medal from silat olahraga.

Abang Erdie beat Diyan Kristiano of Indonesia in the final to take the top spot in the men's Class A (45-50) category.

Filipino Juomar Abd Hakim and Singapore's Mohd Asadullah shared the bronze medals.

The win also motivated Ahmad Shahril Zailudin to bag the gold medal in Class D (60-65kg) category, Malaysia's second gold on the final day of the silat competition.

"Knowing pressure is on me to motivate the team and to close the association's target of four gold medals, I made sure to study my opponent's move on the night before," said Abang Erdie after receiving his medal at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the Class C (55-60kg) category, Amir Ikram Rahim won the bronze medal.

Meanwhile, in the women's category, Emy Latip only managed the silver medal after losing to Vietnam's Nguyen Phuong Thuy in the women's Class D (60-65kg) category while Malini Mohamad won a bronze medal in the women's Class C (55-60kg) category.

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Abang Erdie and Shahril make Malaysia proud

SILAT exponents Abang Erdie Fauzerul Abang Pauzan and Ahmad Shahril Zailudin powered Malaysia to the best-ever Sea Games finish outside Kuala Lumpur with two gold at the Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City yesterday.

Abang Erdie, competing in the men's Class A, started the ball rolling for Malaysia, bringing in the 50th gold at 9.30 in the morning and two hours later, Ahmad Shahril won the nation's 52nd gold.

Silat, which won a gold through Suzy Mohd Sulaiman in artistic silat on Thursday, also contributed two silver and four bronze medals yesterday.

The silver medallists were Emy Latif in the women's Class D and Norhasmizan Abdullah in the men's Class E, while the bronze medals came from Amir Ikram Rahim (men's Class C), Mohd Zuber Ismail (Class G), Sitti Gameela Japilus (women's Class B) and Malini Mohamd (Class C).

But the star of the day was Abang Erdie for his early gold sparked the rush that saw Malaysia breaching the 55-gold forecast by the Olympic Council of Malaysia.

In Indonesian Diyan Kristiano, he faced a tough opponent but the Malaysian persevered to win 3-2.

"It was a tough final as the Indonesian was a strong opponent. But I knew that my gold would be the 50th for Malaysia and I wanted to contribute badly to the nation's haul," said Abang Erdie.

Jul Omar Abduhakim of the Philippines and Mohd Asadullah of Singapore took bronze.

For Ahmad Shahril, Abang Erdie's gold medal was an inspiration. "I saw how hard Abang Erdie fought to win and I was determined not to let the team down," said Ahmad Shahril.

He won 4-2 against Thailand's Abdullah Mahlee, while the bronze went to Mohd Saifulla Mohd Julami of the Philippines and Yohanes Edison Burli of Indonesia.

However, Norhasmizan and Emy had to concede defeat to superior opponents.

Norhasmizan was outpointed by Haris Nugruho of Indonesia with Myanmar's Thin Lin Aung and Vietnam's Le Anh Tuan sharing the bronze.

Emy was defeated by Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Phuong Thuy in her final.
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04 December 2005

Silat one gold shy of target

MANILA, Dec 4 (Bernama) -- The national silat team ended their campaign one gold shy of their target of four when the 23rd Sea Games silat event ended today at the Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City

Today they won two gold and two silver bringing their total to three gold, two silver and seven bronze

They won the first gold on the opening day of the competition though Suzy Mohd Sulaiman in the women's putri singles

However, the team comprising many new faces and coached by Ahamd Wardi Salim, bettered the performance in Vietnam in 2003, where they won two gold, two silver and three bronze

Abang Erdie Fauzerul Abang Pauzan bagged the first gold today when he edged Indonesia's Diyan Kristianto 3-2 in the 45-50kg category

"This is redemption for me as I was dropped for the Vietnam Games. It will spur me to do even better in future," Abang Erdie told Bernama

Abang Erdie's success was instrumental in inspiring compatriot Ahmad Shahril Zailudin to go for gold, which he did by trouncing Thailand's Abdulloh Mahlee 4-1in the 60-65kg category

Ahamd Shahril later told Bernama that he was very satisfied that he had taken revenge against his opponent who stood in the way of a silver two years back in Vietnam

Another men's contestant, Norhasmizan Abdullah, however, had to settle for the bronze when he went down tamely 0-5 to Indonesia's Haris Nugroho in the 65-70kg category

Woman silat exponent, Emy Latip had to be satisfied with the silver after being unable to match Nguyen Thi Phuong Thuy of Vietnam in the 60-65kg category. She lost 1-4

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03 December 2005

Yabut keeps pencak silat hopes alive

CEBU CITY-THE NATIONAL PENCAK SILAT squad found a third hope in its quest for a first-ever gold medal in the sport in the Southeast Asian Games when skipper Christopher Yabut pummeled Thai Yuhuna Bairaman in the semifinals yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The squad's head coach, however, sacrificed a fourth chance when he put the welfare of his ward above the quest for victory.

Yabut, the unshakeable anchor of a team hoping to give a supportive Cebuano crowd something to rock the house with, never gave Bairaman a chance, hammering out a 5-0 victory built around cat-quick kicks and furious punches in their 50-55kg encounter.

"I've been in this position before and I've always come up short," said Yabut, ranked No. 1 in the world in his category. "The mistakes I made in the past would do well to help me get the gold."

The 29-year-old Yabut iced the match with several throwdowns that underscored his determination to claim the gold in tomorrow's finals.

In the 55-60kg class, the Philippines lost out on a gold medal shot and settled for the bronze when foreign head coach Suhartono refused to risk Abzhar Abdurasad's health just to improve on the country's championship bid.

Abdurasad was knocked out cold by an illegal kick to the head by Singapore's Mohamed Ramli in Thursday's quarterfinal round. He is, however, already assured of the bronze medal.

"I'd rather sacrifice the gold than put any of my players in any more danger, considering the injury Adzhar incurred [Thursday]," said Suhartono.

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02 December 2005

Three fighters into pencak silat finals

CEBU CITY, Cebu: Three national pencak silat fighters are set to go for gold after cruising through their semifinal bouts on Thursday

Roni Syaifullah in the men's 75-80 kilograms G division, as well as Dian Kristianto (45-50 kg A) and women fighter Rosmiati (55-60 kgs C) romped to 5-0 victories over their opponents

Rony defeated Malaysian Ismail, Rosmiati beat Malaysian Malini Binti Mohamad and Dian overcame the challenge of Singaporean Mohammad Asyadullah

"We're counting on Rony to win gold, but Dian and Rosmiati might also cause a surprise," national team manager M. Taufik said.

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01 December 2005


The national pencak silat squad opened their campaign on high note on the first day of competition at the 23rd Sea Games, winning a gold and a bronze at the Cebu Coliseum here tonight

Suzy Mohd Sulaiman displayed a scintillating performance in the women's individual event to outclass Tuti Winarni from Indonesia and Singapore's Norizan Anuar. Suzy scored 465 points while the latter two tallied 457 and 456 points respectively

The trio of Marzuki Mokhtar, Hafiz Abu Hassan and Mohd Fauze Latip gave Malaysia the bronze in the men's team event after collecting 460 points

The Indonesian team represented by Agus Lamun, Achmad Rizanul Wahyudi and Nuryudha Bijak Imansyah won the gold while the silver went to the Vietnamese trio of Nguyen Huy Bao, Nguyen Dang Linh and Le Quang Dung

Both teams ended up with 461 points but the judges decided to award the gold to Indonesia

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The Malaysian gold trail picked up momentum with the arrival of the new month when the medal haul hit double figures for the second time when 10 gold medals were won on the fifth day of the 23rd Manila SEA Games today

Gymnastics led the way with three golds, followed by squash (2), swimming (2) and one each from triathlon, bowling and pencak silat while gymnastics (3), squash (1) and swimming (1) added to the silver medals tally

Eight bronze medals came from tenpin bowling (2) and one each from weightlifting, squash, gymnastics, swimming, pencak silat, cycling, The ten accumulated today raised the gold count to 34, still 21 short of the 55-gold target set by the Olympic Council of Malaysia

The 10 golds won by Malaysia were almost one-third of the 35 golds on offer today

Tomorrow, another 34 gold medals are put on offer in swimming (6), judo (4), pencak silat (4), shooting (3), traditional boat racing (3), volleyball (2), snooker (2), tenpin bowling (2), cycling (2), table tennis (2), weightlifting (2) and one each for triathlon and gymnastics

Malaysian athletes will again vie for medals in swimming, gymnastics, cycling, pencak silat, triathlon and weightlifting

National athletes will also feature in team events for squash, equestrian, football, golf, archery, lawn bowls and judo which are still in the preliminary stages

The 34 gold, 27 silver and 32 bronze medals total saw Malaysia maintain fourth place behind the Philippines (63), Vietnam (47) and Thailand (37) but ahead of Indonesia which have 24 and Singapore with 19

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said, who was present at various venues to provide moral support to the athletes, was happy with today's contribution

"The athletes are showing a lot of determination to win gold," she told Bernama at the squash final in Makati Sports Club here today

MEDAL WINNERS FOR TODAY GOLD 1. Daniel Lim, Aaron Kong, Zulmazran Zulkifli - Bowling (men's trio) 2. Nurul Fatiha Abdul Hamid - Gymnastics (uneven bar) 3. Kemberly Yap - Triathlon (women) 4. Mohd Nfizwan Adnan - Squash (men's individual) 5. Sharon Wee - Squash (women's individual) 6. Suzy Mohd Sulaiman - Pencak silat (women's seni) 7. Ng Shu Wai - Gymnastics (men's floor exercise) 8. Ng Shu Wai - Gymnastics (men's high bars) 9. Lim Keng Liat - Swimming (men's 100m backstroke) 10. Daniel Bego - Swimming (men's 100m butterfly) SILVER 1. Nurul Fatiha Abdul Hamid - Gymnastics (women's floor exercise) 2. Tricia Chuah - Squash (women's individual) 3. Ng Shu Wai - Gymnastics (men's vault) 4. Yap Kian Bun - Gymnastics (men's pommel horse) 5. Chui Lai Kwan - Swimming (women's 100m backstroke) BRONZE 1. Muhamad Hidayat Hamidon - Weightlifting (men's 69kg) 2. Timothy Arnold - Squash (men's individual) 3. Ooi Wei Siang - Gymnastics (men's high bars) 4. Lim Keng Liat - Swimming (men's 100m butterfly) 5. Marzuki Mokhtar, Mohd Fauze Latip, Hafiz Abu Hassan - Pencak silat (men's trio) 6. Azidi Ameran, Alex Liew and Ben Heng - Tenpin bowling (men's trio) 7. Wendy Chai, Esther Cheah and Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi - Tenpin bowling (women's trio) 8. Shahrulneeza Razali - Cycling (men's 39km)

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Four RI fighters fall at first hurdle

Only two of the six national team pencak silat fighters competing on Wednesday advanced to the second round of competition at Cebu Coliseum

On the first day of competition, Yohanes Edison Buru, in the men's 60-65 kilograms B division, beat Zan Lon Khot of Myanmar 3-2

His hard-fought win was followed by the 5-0 romp of Dian Krisanto over Bruneian Ak Mohd Khairul Alimin in the men's 45-50 kgs A division

But Lutfan Budi Santosa, M. Shodiq, Salmawati, and Fentje R. Maengkom disappointed as they lost at the first hurdle, with three of them failing to score

Lutfan (50-55 kgs B) lost 0-5 to the Philippines' Chrisopher F. Yabut, and M. Shodiq (55-60 kgs A) was defeated 2-3 by Vietnamese Nguyen Ba Trinh

Women's fighter Salmawati (45-50 kgs A) was unable to score against Vietnamese Le Thi Hang to lose 0-5 and men's fighter Fentje (70-75 kgs F) lost with the same score to Marniel Dimla

"So far the results are still within our expectation," national pencak silat team manager M. Taufik said

He also felt Fentje should have won his bout

The Indonesian Pencak Silat Association (IPSI) has targeted six golds from the Games

"We want to take two golds from the women's division, three from the men's and one from artistic," Taufik said

He added that the development of pencak silat was very good in the region, with athletes from other neighboring countries now up to par with Indonesians, where the sport originated

"It is equal now in terms of technique and stamina," he said

In the 2003 SEA Games, host Vietnam triumphed in the overall standings of the pencak silat competition with 12 gold and five bronze, while Indonesia finished second with four gold, five silver and seven bronze

"Now, the situation is different. Philippines is growing but not so fast in pencak silat, while Vietnam cannot get the benefits of being the host like they did in the 2003 SEA Games," Taufik said

"Hopefully we could get the six golds, but to surpass our target is a bit difficult due to stiff competition among participants."

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