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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