16 December 2009

Pencak Silat On Target To Win At Least Two Gold Medals

VIENTIANE, Dec 16 (Bernama) -- Pencak silat's target of winning two gold medals remained intact when four silat exponents marched into the final of four different categories.

After failed attempts in the 'Silat Seni' events, losing out to arch-rivals Indonesia, - Mohd Hafiz Mahari (men's Class A below 50kg), Mohd Fauzi Khalid (men's Class F below 75kg) and Faizal Abdullah (men's Class H below 85kg) and Emy Latip (women's Class C below 55kg) - made it to the final in their respective categories.

"There are high hopes that the four exponents, particularly Faizal and Emy, can deliver the much needed gold to end our long drought in the games. In Korat, we only won a silver medal but this time we are in with an opportunity to win gold," said team manager Osman Nok.

Nevertheless, he was a little worried with biased judging as had happened in the past here.

"So far, all our exponents have performed well to reach the final and should not have any problem beating their respective opponents. But, my only worry is biased judging," said Osman.

In tomorrow's finals, Mohd Fauzi meets Vietnam's Truong Van Mao; Mohd Faizal takes on Chanon Ontakool of Thailand; Mohd Hafiz faces Okhe Botsavang of Laos while Emy squares off against Thailand's Jurata Noytapa.

Malaysia has won six bronze medals thus far.

Sourced from http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newssport.php?id=462779

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