THE Brunei Darussalam pencak silat contenders failed to collect any gold medals on the final day of the 3rd Borneo Games at the Youth Centre in the capital yesterday but were declared the overall champions after bagging a total of three gold and three silver medals.
Instead of winning gold, the Brunei’s silat athletes however, won all the silver medals in the three events contested – ‘Regu Lelaki’, ‘Ganda Wanita’ and ‘Tunggal Lelaki’.
“I am very disappointed with the results but with the fighting spirit shown by our athletes I can see they are really up to the tempo to win in their respective events. But luck was not on our side today,” said Hj Abdul Razak bin Hj Md Dali, the manager of the pencak silat team yesterday.
The manager said they only started training in August. Hj Abdul Razak was also disappointed with the Tunggal Lelaki’ event result in which he expected Eddy Ratno bin Hj Abu Bakar to win the gold medal.
“We lost by three points against East Kalimantan’s Dwi Chandra Wijaya who grabbed the gold medal. As I said earlier, luck was just not on our side,” he added.
East Kalimantan’s Dwi Chandra Wijaya won the gold medal in the Tunggal Lelaki’ event after collecting 466 points clocking the official time of 3 minutes. Brunei’s Eddy Ratno bagged the silver medal with 463 points (2 minutes and 59 seconds) followed by Fikri bin Yakup from Sarawak 451 points (3 minutes) for bronze.
Sarawak’s Nurbayani bte Fadzil and Heidy Diana Suip (525 points) outclassed Brunei’s Norleyharyanti bte Hj Raya and Nurul Aimi Amalina (509 points) in the ‘Ganda Wanita’ event to win the gold medal.
Meanwhile, East Kalimantan grabbed another gold medal in the ‘Regu Lelaki’.
The trio from East Kalimantan — Heri Usianto, Abdul Mukid and Zakki Imadudin — were awarded the gold medal after scoring 470 points followed by Mohd Amin bin Ali, Abd Malik bin Hj Ladi and Md Jufri bin Hj Junaidi from Brunei to win silver (466 points) and Sarawak’s Ahmad Nazri bin Abu Bakar, Mohd Faiz Farhat bin Abas and Mohd Zainul bin Wahab (463 points) won the bronze medal.
The guest-of-honour, Awang Sa Bali bin Abas, the Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office presented the medals to the winners.
Written by SAHROL DAUD
Sourced from http://news.brunei.fm/2009/12/03/brunei-overall-silat-champions/