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.
Written by MUSTAPHA KAMARUDIN & TONY MARIADASS & GHAZ RAMLI
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